The Orange County Commission voted on Tuesday morning to support a resolution on smart irrigation systems in the region that have been shown to save both water and taxpayer dollars.
The county conducted a five year study illustrating that between 18% and 43% of water could be preserved with technologies such as smart meters, timers and moisture sensors. Homes in Orange County are believe to spend about 50% of their overall water use on lawn maintenance.
The resolution would be aimed mostly at the newer communities in the booming western part of the county that is expected to grow in great numbers in the coming years. The push would not be a mandate but the savings both on water and the wallets of residents would make the initiative a popular one.
“As one of the early adopters of this technology, I’m enthusiastically in support.” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.
The vote passed unanimously
Orange County District 1 Commissioner Scott Boyd was the biggest advocate for the measure on the commission adding “I’m very excited and glad that we got this accomplished.”