Water conservation

Winter Springs man’s personal plan to save water sparks legislative action – WFTV


WINTER SPRINGS, Fla .– A man in Winter Springs says he bought a tool to help him save water and control irrigation on his lawn, but ended up starting a two-year research project.

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Art Gallo says what he saw as an impulse buy turned into a mission to revise the laws to make it easier for everyone to save water.

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While hanging up Christmas decorations, Gallo remembered just one step two years ago that began his journey: purchasing a smart irrigation system to save water on its landscaping.

“I said oh that’s pretty cool… I’m going to get this stuff and we’re going to save some water,” said Gallo. “Well, you little idiot, I didn’t realize that this new technology was not yet recognized by the state.”

It turned out that Gallo’s irrigation system would have to run more frequently than the two days a week allowed by the City of Winter Springs. Recovered water.

For three months, Gallo worked with a neighbor to get approval just to use the system as a pilot, installing the wiring and plumbing themselves.

Gallo divided his lawn into seven zones to determine the amount of water needed in each zone. Each took into account factors such as the amount of sunlight and wind they receive, the type of soil and slope, and even the type and density of other plants in the area and the amount of water that they receive. they need it every day.

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Gallo recorded his daily water consumption over 400 days and 700 hours of personal time.

“We saved 202,068 gallons of water,” said Gallo. “It’s a 70% saving between the two of us. “

From there, Gallo outlined the issues he faced and then met with Seminole County State Legislator Representative David Smith (R – Winter Springs) to draft solutions.

“Art chose part of the Florida building code to put that in the right position to be able to come up with legislation,” said Representative Smith.

The proposed changes will be tabled during the 2022 legislative session.

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“I think it will be much easier for residents in our district and across the state to use these devices,” said Deirdre Irwin, water conservation coordinator for the water management district. of the Saint John River. “He’s a hero without water.”

Gallo’s two-year analysis also found that smart irrigation systems can save the most water for high water users.

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