IrrigationSmart Program makes residents ACT for sustainable water use

This is a grass-roots exercise in water sustainability and in keeping with Storm’s core values of water conservation.

Storm is working with specialist soils and irrigation consultants AgEnviro Solutions to coordinate the ACT Government’s IrrigationSmart Program.

The ACT Government offers a free IrrigationSmart visit by an irrigation specialist to assist Canberra residents to improve the performance of their automated (programmable) irrigation system.  This is a grass-roots exercise in water sustainability and in keeping with Storm’s core values of water conservation.

The program includes a home visit by an IrrigationSmart Assessor and access to a $100 rebate for improvements to the irrigation system. During the service, the irrigation specialist assesses the condition and effectiveness of the household’s programmable irrigation system and provides advice about how to operate and program the system efficiently.

Participants receive a report which includes the recommended watering schedule for each season, advice on improvements for their system, a maintenance checklist, fact sheets and a free rain gauge.

After the IrrigationSmart visit, program participants can apply for a rebate of up to $100 when they buy selected products to improve their automated irrigation system. Products include: irrigation system components; 31 day seasonal irrigation controllers; soil moisture or rain sensors; irrigation system valves; irrigation system filters; and irrigation system repairs or maintenance.

The Program has been a popular and resounding success for ACT residents who have made solid bookings for the service since it commenced in early 2012.