$900,000 for a centralized irrigation system.
You can review the Request for Proposal (RFP) here. I saw this the other day, and it didn't really sink in until now. 900k for irrigation? I know there must be more to this. But WOWSA. Bids are due later this month.
Here is an explanation from Gary Eberhart regarding the value of this system:
This is another step in our effort to make strategic investments in our facilities that will pay dollars into the general fund. This is a web based irrigation control system that will take into account weather forecasts when deciding whether or not to turn on the irrigation system. There were already systems that wouldn't water if it was raining. Now there are systems that can determine if rain is coming. For instance, if there is a 70% chance of rain tomorrow, do we really need to water lawns today? This is likely to save us a couple hundred thousand dollars per year that we are currently spending on water which comes directly out of the general fund.