KISSS Outperforms Traditional Irrigation in Independent Study for Sports Field Management


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Longmont, Colo. (PRWEB) July 26, 2011 -- KISSS sub-surface textile irrigation outperforms traditional overhead irrigation methods with water savings in excess of 50 percent according to a recently released independent study.

“A Study of Sustainable Demand,” funded by the New South Wales Environmental Trust, prepared by Graeme Dodds of WET Consulting and commissioned by the Penrith City Council in New South Wales, Australia, identified KISSS as a more cost-effective and water-efficient method of irrigating sports fields than overhead sprinklers. Key factors supporting the conclusion include: application of water directly to the root zone eliminating potential losses such as overspray and evaporation; configuration to match the shape of a sporting field, eliminating overlap of watering patterns and overspray common with the circular pattern of overhead sprinklers; and overall reduction of water usage diminishing water storage requirements, thus allowing for exploitation of storm water for irrigation.

“As the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of KISSS products in the United States, we believe KISSS is the water saving solution of the future,” Dave Hunter, President and CEO of KISSS America, said. “Dodds’ report confirms with measurable data that with proper installation, scheduling and maintenance KISSS outperforms any other irrigation product currently on the market. Any city, organization or company that’s looking for a sustainable, efficient method of irrigation at a significant cost savings now has a solution.”

KISSS products, which include Below Flow Flat, Below Flow Wrap, and Ebb and Flow Mat, are manufactured and distributed in the United States by KISSS America. To date KISSS has been installed in a variety of irrigation applications including the Target Center Green Roof in Minneapolis, The Redding School of the Arts in Redding, Calif., multiple facilities in Tarrant County, Texas and is being installed this month in the sporting fields of Edmonton Minor Soccer Association in Edmonton, Alberta.

Dodds’ report, compiled as part of a $1 million, three-year grant from the New South Wales Environmental Trust, sought to identify ways in which sporting fields can be managed in a more sustainable manner. The study focused on improving existing soil characteristics to promote turf growth, more efficient water use and the feasibility of alternative water sources for irrigation such as captured storm water.

KISSS systems use significantly less water than a traditional sprinkler system with less power, fertilizer, and other chemicals resulting in better turf and plant quality. KISSS works by pulsing water through sub-surface lateral irrigation lines to a geo-textile fabric that disperses water into the soil directly to the root zone. 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, while also reducing drainage losses below the system. With proper scheduling, KISSS will sustain an optimum soil water balance, eliminating the 'feast or famine' soil moisture condition delivered by other systems.

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KISSS America, formerly 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 conventional drip irrigation, yet uniformly 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. 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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