Edmonton Minor Soccer Association and City of Edmonton Set a New Standard in Canadian Water Conservation with the First Installation of KISSS Irrigation System on Soccer

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The game of soccer is one of the fastest growing and most popular sports in Canada. According to the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association (EMSA), the issue of watering the soccer fields has become a huge challenge, due to water shortages and related safety issues. The Soccer Association, along with the City of Edmonton, have identified a solution, with the installation of the KISSS Irrigation System, which delivers water directly to the root zone in turf, gardens and trees, using significantly less water than sprinklers and less water than drip irrigation systems.

Any irrigation system that can conserve this much water and eliminate injury to the kids from exposed sprinkler heads, has a great future in Canadian soccer

The game of soccer is one of the fastest growing and most popular sports in Canada. According to the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association (EMSA), the issue of watering the soccer fields has become a huge challenge, due to water shortages and related safety issues. The Soccer Association, along with the City of Edmonton, have identified a solution, with the installation of the KISSS Irrigation System, which delivers water directly to the root zone in turf, gardens and trees, using significantly less water than sprinklers and less water than drip irrigation systems.

“We have been searching for a solution for quite some time. After much research, we determined that the KISSS Irrigation System was the perfect answer. Not only does the KISSS System save significantly more water than other irrigation systems, but the design of the system is superior. We are preserving natural resources by using significantly less water, which leads to other benefits such as the reduction in water runoff on the field, as well as more efficient application of fertilizer - the KISSS system delivers fertilizer to the root zone only. This state-of-the-art irrigation system now makes it is possible to water the field even when a soccer game is being played, because it’s watering below the surface,” said Mario Charpentier, President of EMSA. “The City of Edmonton has set an example for other communities in their steps to conserve water and we thank them for their visionary decision to partner with the Soccer Association to become the first in Canada to install this revolutionary irrigation system.”

In addition to conserving water, the KISSS Irrigation results in several other benefits such as the use of less electricity due to the system’s lower pressure requirements, as well as increased player safety due to the fact that the risk of injury on the field is lessened by the elimination of dangerous sprinkler heads on the field. “Any irrigation system that can conserve this much water and eliminate injury to the kids from exposed sprinkler heads, has a great future in Canadian soccer,” said Preben Bossen, the KISSS agent for Alberta. The KISSS Irrigation System is currently being installed on eight soccer fields in Edmonton.

About KISSS Irrigation Systems

KISSS Irrigation Systems utilizes capillary action to deliver water directly to the root zone in turf, gardens and trees. As a result, the system uses far less water than sprinklers. When compared to drip irrigation systems, KISSS uses less water and wets more soil volume. In addition to using less water, the system makes it possible to add fertilizer to the root zone only, eliminating run off and pollution from fertilizer. The KISSS system was used in the creation of state-of-the-art living roofs at the Target Center in Minneapolis and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Clinton facility is the first presidential library to earn an award from the U.S. Green Committee for environmental design. KISSS is the brand of fully contained, turnkey, subsurface irrigation systems from Irrigation Water Technologies America, Inc., based in Longmont, Colorado. For more information, visit http://www.kisssusa.com.

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