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  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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