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Water Use Efficiency for Irrigated Turf and Landscape

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Water Use Efficiency for Irrigated Turf and Landscape

Geoff Connellan  

432 pages, 245 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

    Hardback - 2013
ISBN: 9780643094291 - AU $140.00

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Achieving high water use efficiency in maintaining turf, trees and landscape areas is a core responsibility of open space managers. Water Use Efficiency for Irrigated Turf and Landscape provides a logical and scientifically sound approach to irrigation in urban areas in Australia. It is based on green space delivering defined outcomes using the principles of water sensitive urban design and irrigation efficiency.

The book covers all stages of the water pathway – from the source to delivery into the plant root zone. Major topics include system planning, estimating water demand, water quality, irrigation systems, soil management and irrigation performance evaluation.

Clearly presented explanations are included, as well as line drawings and worked examples, and a plant water use database covering more than 250 plant species. A Water Management Planning template is included to guide water managers and operators through a process that will deliver a sound plan to achieve sustainable turf, urban trees and landscapes.

Best Management Practice Irrigation principles are outlined and their implementation in open space turf and landscape situations is explained. The benefits and limitations of the various methods of delivering water to plants are covered, together with case studies and guidelines for specific horticultural situations. Methodologies to evaluate irrigated sites are included along with recommended benchmark values.

The book presents the latest irrigation technology, including developments in water application, control technology and environmental sensors such as weather stations, soil moisture sensors and rain sensors.


  • Covers all aspects of water management in irrigated urban open space areas and shows how to achieve high water use efficiency.
  • Reviews water quality issues within the context of achieving sustainability.
  • Techniques on how to evaluate the performance of irrigated turf and landscape areas.
  • Clear, authoritative treatment of key aspects of urban irrigation.
  • Case studies that highlight best practice and high efficiency.

Sustainable water use and efficiency
The urban water scene
Water sources for irrigated turf and landscape sites
Irrigation methods
Plant water use and irrigation budgets
Colour plates
Managing soil water and irrigation scheduling
Best management practice (water management and irrigation)
Designing irrigation systems
Achieving best practice – site studies
Strategies and technologies to achieve high efficiency
Evaluating and benchmarking irrigation system performance
Water management planning

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 Those involved in managing and using water to maintain urban landscapes sustainably, including;
  • open space managers
  • local government personnel
  • sports turf managers
  • urban water managers
  • landscape architects
  • irrigation industry personnel
  • water management consultants
  • urban landscape consultants in turf
  • soil and landscape
  • students in various irrigation courses.

 Geoff Connellan has 30 years’ experience in urban horticultural water management, research and education. His expertise includes water sources, water demand management, evaluation of water use, irrigation technologies and strategies for sustainable irrigated open space. He has provided water management advice on numerous significant turf and landscape sites around Australia.

Geoff has been invited to present at many conferences on water management and irrigation, topics covering sports turf, urban trees and public gardens. He is widely published in Australia and internationally.

Geoff has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and Master of Engineering Science, University of Melbourne. His current position is Principal, G & M Connellan Consulting. He is an Honorary Fellow, School of Resource Management and Geography, University of Melbourne. He is also an accredited trainer for the delivery of irrigation efficiency and irrigation auditor courses sponsored by the irrigation and nursery industries.

He is the initiator and project manager of the SmartGardenWatering.org.au website, and in May 2008 was awarded the MacLean Iedema Award in recognition for his outstanding contribution to irrigation in Australia.


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