DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – Century Village is an active-adult community in South Florida, consisting of 21 landscaped communities with more than 20,000 residents. Due to the volume of water use, the South Florida Water Management District required an irrigation overhaul and water conservation plan be set in place.
Century Village and the designer company Masuen Consulting, LLC, selected Treasure Coast Irrigation as the contractor.
Treasure Coast Irrigation and Masuen Consulting developed a water conservation plan that includes an onsite weather station that automatically detects and adjusts the irrigation flow and occurrence based on weather conditions, moisture and humidity. Treasure Coast Irrigation installed the following project features to enhance water conservation and green efficient properties:
• 23 miles of irrigation mainline in a High-Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) pipeline that extends the lifespan of the irrigation system by 50-100 years
• More than 1 million linear feet of pipe
• 900 irrigation zones
• Decreased pump stations from 42 down to 3
• 70,000 sprinkler heads and nozzles
• Estimated overall water conservation of 50-70 percent
• Reduction of operational costs by 30-50 percent
The entire project itself is taking place as 20,000 residents continue to live their daily lives without interruption. “We would estimate this site has the potential to reduce its overall water use by 50 -70 percent and its operational costs by 30-50 percent, once completed and properly maintained and managed, when compared to ‘pre-project’ water use and costs,” said Mitchel Walker of Masuen Consulting.
“The Century Village project has been one of the most challenging projects in our company’s history. Installing a new irrigation system in a 30 plus year old community of retirees seemed overwhelming when we began the project in October of 2011.
"As we near completion later this year, it has been very rewarding to see the dramatic improvements to the community green space and the incredible savings to the residents in water and energy usage,” said Tom Balling, president of Treasure Coast Irrigation & Rood Landscape.
The Century Village Irrigation & Water Conservation project is set to complete at the end of 2014.