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Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Irrigation

Water smart landscaping requires the incorporation of drought tolerant vegetation and technology.  On campus implementation of such includes a "Smart Irrigation System" which uses weather station data and sections landscaped areas into zones to conserve water.

And due to the "smart" system that senses moisture due to rainfall, the irrigation system was used only in August during a cool, wet summer in 2010.

Most of the plants on Loyola's campuses do not require much in the way of water, but given the sandy soil around the Lake Shore Campus, irrigation is the most efficient way to get water to trees and shrubs when stressful, dry conditions exist. The irrigation remains off except during hot dry spells. During dry spells the grass is watered three days a week for 15 to 20 minutes and shrubs are watered three times a week for 3 to 5 minutes. We now use new spray heads that are more efficient and reduce water use by 30%.  The new heads will replace the other heads over time.

Loyola

Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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