Environmental Protection

Shopping Center Company Deploys Smart Irrigation

HydroPoint Data Systems Inc., recently announced that Regency Centers, a national owner,operator, and developer of grocery-anchored and community shopping centers, has deployed WeatherTRAK at 30 of its shopping centers as part of the company's greengenuity initiative, which includes outdoor water conservation.

The smart water management technology initially will be deployed at 30 existing shopping centers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington that have installed high efficiency "smart" irrigation to sharply reduce outdoor water consumption. Regency anticipates saving 42 million gallons of water yearly.

WeatherTRAK uses pinpoint, micro-climate weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to automatically schedule irrigation based on individual landscape needs and local weather conditions. This dynamic adjustment of water output eliminates the need to manually adjust irrigation systems while reducing water use by up to 59 percent and water runoff by 71 percent, meaning landscapes attain their full water conservation potential. 

"We applaud companies like Regency Centers who embrace the concepts of Sustainability 2.0 that concurrently prioritize economic benefits and conservation to create ongoing sustainability programs," said Chris Spain, chief strategy officer for HydroPoint. "By adopting Smart Water Management, Regency Centers will save millions of gallons of water a year, serving as an excellent example for other retailers and real estate companies to follow, while seeing water cost savings that will pay for WeatherTRAK in less than two years."

Mark Peternell, Regency's vice president of sustainability, said, "HydroPoint's Smart Water Management will be a cornerstone in our efforts to save water and reduce our corporate water footprint while lowering water bills, minimizing landscape replacement, and over-watering maintenance costs."

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