KISSS Installation Brings Sustainability and Safety to Redding Campus

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The Redding School of the Arts (RSA) in Redding, Calif., has completed its environmentally sensitive landscaping project utilizing KISSS irrigation for aesthetics, student safety, and sustainability.

The Redding School of the Arts campus during installation of KISSS.

“KISSS irrigation systems eliminate the need for sprinkler heads, reduce expenses on landscape and hardscape repairs, and remove the threat of exposure to fertilizers and pesticides, all important features for a safe and sustainable campus."

The Redding School of the Arts (RSA) in Redding, Calif., has completed its environmentally sensitive landscaping project utilizing KISSS irrigation for aesthetics, student safety, and sustainability. The unique capillary fiber irrigation system installed throughout the campus uses a subsurface system to distribute water to lawns, plants, and other landscape features while cutting water usage in half when compared to a traditional sprinkler system.

“KISSS irrigation systems eliminate the need for sprinkler heads, reduce expenses on landscape and hardscape repairs, and remove the threat of exposure to fertilizers and pesticides, all important features for a safe and sustainable campus,” Dave Hunter, President and CEO of Irrigation Water Technologies America, Inc., said. “Our goal is to provide a green and sustainable option for new projects and site renovations, something that the Redding School of the Arts was also pursuing for their new campus. It’s a win-win that we can help the school to create a greener campus while also providing a safer landscape solution for its students.”

The 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 polyurethane backing on the fabric also prevents water loss from downward percolation. Fertilizers can be injected into the system to provide nutrients from beneath the surface. This solution uses approximately 50 percent of the water when compared to a traditional sprinkler system with less power, fertilizer, and other chemicals resulting better quality turf and plants.

The RSA campus houses the charter school where students in kindergarten through 8th grade are enhancing their traditional studies with an emphasis on visual or performing arts. A key feature of the arts campus is an outdoor assembly area containing 490 seats and offering enclosed dance and drama rooms that can be opened to create performance venues.

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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