Myriad Botanical Gardens Selects KISSS To Irrigate Oklahoma City Garden Showcase

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Oklahoma City has chosen the revolutionary KISSS system to irrigate the grounds of the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The installation will consist of approximately 91,184 linear feet of KISSS Below Flow Flat and Below Flow Wrap. KISSS, short for Kapillary Irrigation Sub Surface Systems, will provide efficient water saving benefits to the site as well as subsurface fertilization that will eliminate harmful chemicals from the surface to create a safe oasis for visitors. In addition, visitors to the gardens will be exposed to a safer environment free from slippery, wet walkways caused by sprinkler overspray.

The plans in store for Oklahoma City through Project 180 are ambitious and we’re thrilled that KISSS is a part of the makeover.

Oklahoma City has chosen the revolutionary KISSS system to irrigate the grounds of the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The installation will consist of approximately 91,184 linear feet of KISSS Below Flow Flat and Below Flow Wrap. KISSS, short for Kapillary Irrigation Sub Surface Systems, will provide efficient water saving benefits to the site as well as subsurface fertilization that will eliminate harmful chemicals from the surface to create a safe oasis for visitors. In addition, visitors to the gardens will be exposed to a safer environment free from slippery, wet walkways caused by sprinkler overspray.

The project, a part of Oklahoma City’s Project 180 Phase One, was initiated in April 2010 and is scheduled for completion in April 2011. KISSS will irrigate plants and trees throughout the 17-acre outdoor garden facility.

“The plans in store for Oklahoma City through Project 180 are ambitious and we’re thrilled that KISSS is a part of the makeover,” Dave Hunter, President and CEO of Irrigation Water Technologies America Inc., said. “Taking on such a large scale renovation that includes hundreds of live and some rare plants is a challenge, one that project planners knew the IWTA team could meet. Once the project is complete we’ll leave Oklahoma City residents with an efficient, cost-effective and safe botanic garden to enjoy for years to come.”

KISSS works by pulsing water through subsurface lateral irrigation lines to a geo-textile fabric which, using capillary action, disperses water into the soil just below the roots. The geo-textile fabric maintains moisture uniformity along its length and allows soil to absorb water as needed at a slower and more effective rate. The polyethylene backing on the fabric also mitigates the potential for water loss through downward percolation. With proper scheduling, KISSS will sustain an optimum soil water balance, eliminating the "feast or famine" soil moisture condition delivered by other systems. Fertilizers can be run through the system providing nutrients from beneath the surface while eliminating harmful chemicals on the surface and reducing contaminated run-off. The KISSS system uses approximately 50 percent less water than a traditional sprinkler system with less power, fertilizer, and other chemicals resulting better turf and plant quality.

Oklahoma City’s Project 180 is a three-year, $140 million redesign of downtown streets, sidewalks, parks, and plazas to improve appearance and make the central core more pedestrian friendly. The Myriad Botanical Gardens’ outdoor grounds, located in the city’s core and adjacent to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, include 17 acres of gently rolling hills. Hundreds of trees, including both native and non-native species, are planted throughout the grounds and unique and popular specialty gardens dot the outdoor landscape displaying ornamental plants. Current plans call for changes throughout the garden, including the addition of a grand performance lawn, a children’s discovery garden and play area, water features, an ice skating rink, a restaurant and café, a dog release area, and the addition of a new grand entrance to the Crystal Bridge Conservatory.

For more information on KISSS, visit online http://www.kisssusa.com.

Irrigation Water Technologies America, Inc. recently introduced a revolutionary, patented irrigation technology to the United States, Canada and Mexico. The KISSS system utilizes capillary action to deliver water directly to the root zone in turf, gardens, and trees. As a result, the system uses significantly less water than sprinklers, and up to 30% less water than conventional drip irrigation, and wets more soil volume. In addition to using less water, the system makes it possible to add chemicals 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.

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