Drip Irregation Systems
Incorporating drip irrigation systems into the planting beds along Commonwealth Avenue is another way that Boston University is conserving water. Unlike a sprinkler system that sprays water across the top of foliage, a drip irrigation system nourishes plants from their roots. This requires less water and allows for targeted applications that eliminate runoff and over-watering plants, which can contribute to mold related diseases.
Drip irrigation systems contain emission devices that disperse water from a distribution network that has various control zones. At the source of origin, water is controlled with automatic valves. Flow timing and additional nutrients can be adjusted depending upon the plant species.