Date

6-2012

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Advisor

Bridget Benson

Abstract

With the availability of home improvement supplies, plant owners can quickly and easily set up an automatic system that waters their gardens based on a specified schedule. However, most of these systems require an electric outlet or water faucet making them unusable in locations where installed water and power lines do not exist, such as apartment balconies. This project defines a small-scale automated watering system that runs independently of installed water and power lines. The system takes water from a reservoir, such as a tank or bucket, and supplies that water to individual plants via a drip system. The design runs on battery power and incorporates maximum water efficiency by measuring soil moisture before watering and protecting against dry operation.