Here to Conserve and Protect: Caltrans Using New Technology to Save Water And Protect Highway Plantings During Drought


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley) – Did you know that Caltrans is responsible for more than 30,000 acres of landscaping along the state highway system? During California’s fourth year of extended drought, Caltrans is balancing its dual goals of reducing its water use by 50 percent while also protecting the more than $1 billion in investments made into the plantings along California’s highways.

In this Caltrans News Flash, Public Information Officer David Richardson shares the department’s water saving efforts and provides an overview of Caltrans’ efforts to use smart controller devices for its irrigation systems. These high tech devices automatically adjust watering based on the weather, soil type and plants, and can automatically turn off the water and notify maintenance of any malfunctions.

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This News Flash is the 42nd in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans’ activities that keep California’s transportation system moving forward.

For more information about the department’s activities, connect with Caltrans: Find more Caltrans News Flash videos via Twitter using the #CaltransNewsFlash hashtag.

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