Rain Bird Irrigation System Helps Bring New Life to Turfgrass on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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A new Rain Bird irrigation system featuring numerous efficient components and software was recently installed to help maintain the newly renovated National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Over the past nine years, the highly visible grass along the National Mall in Washington, D.C. has been under renovation to reverse the impact caused by up to 3,000 events and 33 million visitors per year. Running from the Capitol building to the Lincoln Memorial, this newly restored, 18-plus-acre national park now includes a state-of-the-art Rain Bird irrigation system to help it remain pristine year round. Rain Bird is proud to be part of this important project to restore and beautify our nation’s capital lawn.

After evaluating the needs of the site and new turf, a water-efficient Rain Bird IC System with Stratus II software was installed. The IC system is ideal for large projects since it requires less wire and components to run the EAGLE 900 series rotors. The EAGLE rotors were chosen due to their closed-case construction, self-flushing features, as well as the ability to water long distances. The system uses no above-ground equipment that could be susceptible to damage or vandalism while making installation and long-term maintenance easier and more cost effective. Utilizing exclusive Rain Bird technology, the Stratus II central control operates the IC system at the mall over a secure internet connection from a main office several miles away.

For remote operation and diagnostics, the grounds crew uses the Rain Bird MI Series mobile controller for precision watering while on site. Other advanced Rain Bird technologies being employed at the mall to conserve water and resources include Smart Pump, Rain Watch and Smart Weather with a sophisticated weather station. All of these technologies are capable of making decisions that conserve water while providing the control needed to maintain healthy turf. Ultimately, the entire system is designed to increase water efficiency and decrease electricity usage and maintenance.

To learn more about the National Mall renovation project, please read this article shared in the Washington Post: http://ow.ly/kMsk305zfOu.

From intelligent control systems, drip irrigation and recycled water solutions to innovative pumps, filters, valves, rotors, sprays and nozzles, Rain Bird products make it possible for homes, farms, businesses, parks and golf courses to conserve more water. Rain Bird is committed to The Intelligent Use of Water™, teaching irrigation professionals how to design and install more efficient systems and educating consumers worldwide about responsible outdoor water use. To learn more about Rain Bird’s commitment to the highest quality products and water conservation practices for landscape, golf courses and agricultural irrigation, visit http://www.rainbird.com.

About Rain Bird

Based in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and provider of #irrigation products and services. Since its beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird has offered the industry's broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes in more than 130 countries around the globe. Rain Bird has been awarded more than 450 patents, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird and The Intelligent Use of Water™ are about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing assembly facilities in the United States, China and Mexico. http://www.rainbird.com.

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