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October 22, 2018

How Water Conservation Saves Energy and Reduces Greenhouse Gas

When Gov. Jerry Brown called on Californians to reduce their water use by 25 percent in response to a four-year drought, it seemed like an impossible goal. But between June 2015 and April 2016, when restrictions were in effect, residents actually reduced the amount of water they used by 24.5 percent, a reduction of 524 billion gallons. Further research revealed additional unexpected side effects to this massive water conservation experiment. California residents weren’t just saving water, they were also saving energy.

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October 1, 2018

Leaks Happen. Water Flow Monitoring Systems Find Them In Real Time.

Every property will experience both indoor and outdoor water leaks as plumbing naturally ages. Fixtures and fittings are particularly susceptible to leaking, and excessive water pressure can cause pipes to burst or leak over time. Identifying the existence of leaks using monthly water bills means that non-visible leaks will go undiscovered for long periods of time.

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September 17, 2018

Smart Water Management Takes Smart Buildings to the Next Level

Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensor technology are becoming more common in commercial building management. This smart building technology provides building owners and occupants with real-time data that can drive or automate decisions, reduce costs and waste less resources.

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September 4, 2018

Sustainability Is About Good Business, Not Just Making Businesses Good

Sustainable investing is the future, according to Audrey Choi, chief sustainability officer for Morgan Stanley. Women and millennials are driving investor interest in sustainability, she noted, whose combined constituencies will make up three-quarters of the workforce by 2025 and are three times more likely to seek out employment with a sustainably minded company.   

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August 20, 2018

Downtown Dallas Neighborhood Gets Smarter

A downtown Dallas neighborhood is getting smarter through a technology-enabled smart city pilot project. Rolled out in Dallas’ West End, the pilot includes intelligent LED street lighting, kiosks with digital maps of the area, public Wi-Fi, and smart irrigation systems.

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August 6, 2018

Water Conservation is the New Normal

Often taken for granted, most Americans benefit from the world’s most reliable and clean water system. In many parts of the United States, our water use is still being driven from a mindset that it is plentiful, available, and inexpensive. But those days are changing.

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July 23, 2018

California Water Plan Balances Wildlife, Urban and Farming Interests

After nine years of research, the California State Water Control Board finalized a plan to save fish and wildlife populations, some of which are now threatened or endangered. For decades, native fish and wildlife co-existed with efforts to reclaim or divert water from the California Bay-Delta region.

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July 16, 2018

Landscaping Industry Caught in H-2B Visa Limbo

The H-2B visa program has become a casualty in the larger war over immigration, with many landscaping businesses caught in the middle. The H-2B visa program determines how many temporary non-agricultural workers can work in the US every year. The current cap of 66,000 was temporarily increased to 81,000, and roughly half of them are landscapers.

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July 6, 2018

9 Ways to Conserve Water, Drought or Not

A survey of state water managers around the nation predicts freshwater shortages in 40 states over the next decade. So, before turning faucets on with reckless abandon, consider 9 water saving habits hang onto, drought or not.

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June 20, 2018

Two New Laws Put California on a Long-Term Water Diet

The California drought is officially over. The amount of water collected last winter put the state’s reservoirs in decent shape with several of them at or above average. But the largest water source, the Sierra snowpack, measured at only 52 percent of average. As we enter a “new normal” characterized by greater weather extremes, the desire to use water carefully remains.

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June 6, 2018

8 Best Practices for Water Cooling Tower Efficiency

Everyone knows that cooling towers consume huge volumes of water, as much as 50 percent of a building’s domestic water use. But by following a few best practices, facilities can save significant amounts of water. Here are 8 ways to maximize cooling tower efficiency and lower water consumption.

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May 31, 2018

Technology that Makes Irrigation Smarter

A large number of commercial campuses and parks nationwide rely on traditional timer-based controllers to water their expansive landscapes. Rain or shine, they reliably turn sprinklers on and off to water at the scheduled times. Because it’s really time consuming to manually shut off controllers when it rains, a tremendous amount of water gets wasted.

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May 15, 2018

Data-Driven Flow Monitoring Uncovers Water Leaks, Big and Small

Leaks and pipe breaks can and do happen at any time. While some are obvious, others can go unnoticed for a very long time, causing significant damage. Hidden leaks or pipe breaks often rack up high water bills before the problem is discovered and repaired. Fortunately, smart water technology exists to help property owners and managers monitor their water use and give enough warning to fix leaks or address poor irrigation practices. HydroPoint® WaterCompass is one of these solutions.

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April 30, 2018

What Irrigation System Features Expert Landscapers Want

Not only can landscapers transform your property into a beautiful and functional site, but they also hold the keys to your outdoor water use. We asked expert landscapers what they look for in an irrigation system and they shared some of their favorite features.

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April 23, 2018

3 Tips to Reduce Water Waste

Because the EPA estimates that 50% of outdoor water use is wasted, we asked facilities managers to share a few tips to help you reduce water waste using the latest smart water technology.

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April 10, 2018

Bring Your WeatherTRAK Controller Out of Hibernation

Spring is here and it’s time to tackle your growing to do list. Our product support team came up with a handy checklist to help you quickly de-winterize your WeatherTRAK controller and ensure that your system will work as intended through the coming months.

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