IT DSP Findings & Recommendations

Findings and Recommendations City of Berkeley: Digital Strategic Plan and Cost Allocation Plan

October 17, 2016 v5.1

D SW 14 Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Irrigation Management System [19] Findings:

 The Parks, Recreation & Waterfront water irrigation management Rapid Workflow ® workshop revealed a number of challenges:  Inefficient use of staff time.  Inconsistent watering and wasting water.  Lack of a way to monitor volumes.  Lack of a centralized system.  The current system is unsustainable, with a high probability of failure. There are various brands of controllers currently being used. According to City staff, this results in the following:  Higher costs and increased operational expenses.  Inventory degradation.  Diminished community service and relations in terms of credibility and trust.  Environmental impacts, e.g., run off.  Impacts staff productivity.  Dead plants, degradation of inventory and public safety.  Staff time figuring out irrigation system problems.  Staff time to make adjustments.  Inefficiencies.  Staff are currently making 'guesstaments.' Recommendations:  Implement Citywide Centralized Irrigation System. Features/Functions:  Automatically adjust to weather conditions.  Problem warning system with automated notifications.

 Flow sensor detection.  Remote programming.  Flow consumption volume and rates.  Preventive maintenance.  Ability to optimize water in a consistent basis.  Inventory control.

 Notifications.  Dashboard.  Support mobile apps.  Web-enabled. Reports:  Volume.  Period usage.  Run times.  Trending.  By inventory.  By system and meter.  By Council list.

Digital Strategic Plan: Findings & Recommendations

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