SA Water Cooling the Community
Families, fitness fanatics and outdoor lovers can now track down their coolest local park or playground using real-time temperature data, in SA Water’s new program increasing liveability in our urban environment.
SA Water have been working collaboratively with local councils to develop A “smart irrigation” package to provide up to date irrigation schedules using data collected from soil moisture probes and smart meters that enables greater efficiency in open space irrigation.
In conjunction with this program SA Water have also installed over 200 air temperature sensors in local parks to measure the cooling benefits of green open space. This is now available on their website in the form of a live interactive map, together with a photo of each park and the facilities they provide.
This may help SA Water customers make informed decisions on where to take their family on a hot day and may be used to advertise events in public spaces. Some of the parks on the maps are irrigated more than others and that’s why you may notice temperature differences. In fact, dry ground can be just as hot as bitumen and fake grass can be even hotter.
Together with 19 South Australian councils and South Australian technology company Fleet Space, more than 200 air temperature sensors installed at public spaces and playgrounds are demonstrating temperature differences of around 3-5 Celsius between green irrigated sites and non-irrigated spaces in the same suburb.
From as far north as Willaston and Gawler down to Noarlunga in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, the trial sites are spread across metropolitan Adelaide, with more parks and reserves in regional areas to be monitored in the near future.
The map allows Satellite, Hybrid and Roadmap views, as well as a search function. You can zoom in to your current location to see the temperature, and select a dot to find out the features of the park, such as:
- Sports Facilities
- Drinking Fountains
- Picnic Facilities
This is a screenshot of what the map looks like:
For more information and all enquiries please visit the SA Water website.
What: SA Water Smart Irrigation & Real-time Temperature Tracking
When: From February 2020
Where: Around metropolitan Adelaide
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Image Source: SA Water website & Play & Go
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