West University Place officials were awarded June 5 with grant funding up to $59,025 that will be used to replace 19 irrigation systems in the city with Environmental Protection Agency-labeled smart water systems.

Susan White, the West U director of parks and recreation, said in a news release that sustainability is a goal for the city and her department.

"We strive to be an example for our residents, and other parks and recreation agencies," White said.

The framework

The Harris-Galveston Subsidence District awarded West U with the grant funds as part of the organization's water conservation grant program, according to a news release.

The city will implement smart irrigation systems that feature a flow sensor that can detect leaks, notify the appropriate contact and immediately shut off to prevent water loss. With the new systems, city parks, buildings and medians will save an estimated 35% of annual water use, according to the news release.

Going forward

The new water system installation is underway and expected to be complete by the end of August.