Just in time for summer, WaterPulse, Inc. recently announced it is working with Wal-Mart to reduce the amount of water used in approximately 3,700 garden centers located inside its stores across the U.S. Through the use of WaterPulse irrigation mats, Wal-Mart will not only increase the health of the plants it sells, but will also significantly reduce water usage in garden centers .
Before the implementation of the mats, Wal-Mart associates would manually water the thousands of plants sold in an average garden center. Today, the mats do all the work. Water savings comes from the capillary action of the mats, which enables the soil to take in the water it needs, no more, no less.
“Wal-Mart‘s leadership in investing in a technology that dramatically reduces water consumption comes at an auspicious moment,” says Jim Heffernan, WaterPulse CEO and chairman. “Based on WaterPulse tests in other facilities, we estimate that by using our mats Wal-Mart can dramatically cut water use in its garden centers at a time when states affected by drought are looking for ways to conserve water.”
“Implementing the WaterPulse irrigation mats in our garden centers will help us save millions of gallons of water, improve plant quality and enable our associates to spend more time where they are needed — helping our customers,” says Marybeth Hays, senior vice president of Outdoor Living and Home for Wal-Mart U.S. “We believe this — coupled with our broad assortment of plants at great low prices — gives our customers yet another reason to shop Walmart for their outdoor needs.”
To date, Wal-Mart has installed more than 500,000 WaterPulse Retail Mats with VortexTM Injector systems, in excess of 7.3 million square feet of mats. The company plans to deploy WaterPulse mats in new garden centers as they are built.
“Wal-Mart’s results demonstrate the positive impact our product can make on water savings, along with plant sustainability. Our mats provide dramatic reduction in water usage in both retail environments and for the greenhouses and nurseries that supply them,” Heffernan says.