Polymer Lawn Care Saves Water – A Ton!


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By Debra Atlas
June 21, 2012

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA — Landscape irrigation accounts for almost one-third of all residential water use, totaling more than 7 billion gallons per day in the United States. Almost 50 percent of that is wasted– both commercially and residentially– due to evaporation, wind, improper system design, or overwatering.

With many cities facing severe water shortages and a drought spreading throughout the Southwest, lawns are squandering a precious resource we cannot afford to lose. More cities across the country are installing water meters, and California has mandated that these be installed in all cities by the year 2025.

But saving water requires more than metering. It means rethinking how we water our plants, and developing new best practices that will help us create substantial water savings.

Aqua Cents is an extraordinary technology that could help us with both.

Aqua Cents is a new technology from All Commercial Landscape Service that injects polymers into lawns. These polymers absorb the water, retaining up to 400 times their weight and holding the moisture in until it is required by the lawn’s root system. All Commercial is a Fresno-based company which provides landscaping services such as lawn care and installation, tree servicing, and water consulting.

Polymers have been around for about 100 years, according to All Commercial CEO Tom De Lany. De Lany first came across the concept of injecting them into sod in the late 70s. When he first began using polymers, he used them under the sod installations his company provided customers. He discovered that doing this produced not only 50 percent more value from the water, but also 30 percent more vibrant root growth!

But with the downturn in the economy and few calls for lawn installations, De Lany let the process lag. That is, until he had an epiphany: his company should inject the polymers into existing turf!

De Lany’s research turned up a 1982 article detailing this idea, although with a different process than the one he ultimately devised. With the help of Andros Engineering in Paso Robles, California, the Aqua Cents device was created.

This patent-pending, computer-controlled prototype utilizes natural STOCKOSORB® Soil Conditioner. This soil conditioner consists of white granules made by German-based Evonik Industries that are insoluble in water and organic solutions and, according to the standardized test by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), are nontoxic for plants, soil organisms, and ground water.

This remarkable machine works by utilizing a rotating head that hits the ground, injecting the liquefied, water-absorbing polymers at high pressure just below the root zones. It then moves eighteen inches forward, and repeats the process. The result is the potential to cut water usage in half! Simply utilizing this new technology, De Lany says, will put California on track to meet the “20 by 20 plan.”

“[This technology] would save the state of California almost 2 million acre feet [of water],” he says.

That’s a seven-year water supply for 1 million people every year! And that’s without including the use of low-flow showerheads, energy-efficient washing machines, or other water-saving methods.

The Aqua Cents machine covers around 2,000 square feet per hour. It’s a time-intensive process, and De Lany says that the company is still massaging its cost for the residential market. However, when it becomes available to consumers, Aqua Cents will offer tremendous benefits:

  • The polymers provide water-saving benefits that last five to seven years once underground; and
  • With the water savings from utilizing $1,000 worth of polymers, you’re getting $5,000 in water savings!

“It’s a gamechanger in terms of water savings,” says De Lany.

De Lany has been receiving inquiries about the Aqua Cents machine from companies around the world, and he has already been using it with All Commercial’s customers. De Lany, who is currently debating whether to establish franchises or simply sell the machines, says his team is about 10-15 months away from producing sellable units.

There are approximately 40 million acres of existing sod in North America. The potential for this technology to save water is huge. After the cost investment for the service itself, the opportunity for money savings is significant as well!

Aqua Cents is one of the finalists in the upcoming Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge, which takes place on June 21 at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. Sierra Club Green Home will be there to cover this exciting event and discover what other super-useful green innovations are on the horizon!
 

For related articles, see:
Water Conservation Overview
Environmentally Friendly Lawn Care
Increase Your Home Property Values and Get a $2000 Rebate


Check out more articles by Debra Atlas.

© 2012 SCGH, LLC.

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