Homeowners’ Preferences for Smart Irrigation Systems and Features
In this photo released from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, extension agent Janet Bargar checks the water flow and direction of a pop-up irrigation system at a home in Vero Beach.
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Landscapes and Water Conservation
Smart Irrigation Controllers

How to Cite

Khachatryan, Hayk, Alicia Rihn, Dong Hee Suh, and Michael Dukes. 2020. “Homeowners’ Preferences for Smart Irrigation Systems and Features”. EDIS 2020 (5), 5. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-fe1080-2020.


Drought conditions make landscape irrigation and reducing water use top-of-mind for many Floridians. Encouraging wise water use is of particular importance to the smart irrigation industry and water policy makers. This 5-page fact sheet written by Hayk Khachatryan, Alicia Rihn, Dong Hee Suh, and Michael Dukes and published by the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department pinpoints key attributes and barriers affecting consumers' irrigation purchases and their adoption of smart irrigation technologies.

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