Let's Be Smart About Smart Irrigation

The EPA is making history by labeling homes “Water Efficient” under the WaterSense program.  The impact of the program on home prices will be positive.  Water saving should be substantial, and homeowners will save money on water. On December 10, 2009 the EPA’s WaterSense program created final specifications for home builders to have their homes labeled as “water-efficient” under the WaterSense program.  The Congressional authorization for WaterSense is about to be introduced in the Senate… Read more »

Inspect What You Expect

We have all heard the term, “Inspect what you expect.”  Measurement of performance is one of the quickest ways to inspire change.  The landscape irrigation industry could benefit from better tools to measure the amount of water used on a daily basis. The non-profit group Charity Water (www.charitywater.org) recently focused on a project done at Teague, a manufacturing firm. Teague measured the amount of water flowing through their office kitchen faucet.  They… Read more »

The Drought Is Over — Good News, or Bad News?

This week Governor Jerry Brown declared the drought for California was officially over. I have seen other periodicals and headlines proclaim the same great news. However, I can’t help but wonder if the news is good or bad. At first glance, it’s reasonable to consider the news good. It would be really good news if the drought was over due to a combination of wet weather and excellent conservation practices. Unfortunately, as I read… Read more »