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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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April 9, 2018

Is Goat Grazing the Next Sustainable Landscaping Trend?

If you’re researching eco-friendly, sustainable solutions to clear large landscapes, consider the noble goat. Goat-grazing is a natural (and cute) way to clean up your landscape. If you haven’t seen goats grazing in unexpected places near you, read on to learn about this new sustainable landscaping trend.

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April 6, 2018

5 Reasons to Specify Smart Watering Technology in Landscape Designs

While every new landscape project brings its own set of challenges and opportunities, choosing to implement smart watering technology will consistently save money. The latest smart irrigation solutions enable watering schedules based on weather data and landscape conditions, reducing waste, saving money and avoiding a number of other issues.

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March 22, 2018

Day Zero Shows the Need For Ongoing Focus On Water Consumption

South Africa is currently showing the world the importance of using water efficiently, as well as how quickly people can revert back to their wasteful ways. Day Zero was originally scheduled for April 16. On that rather ominous day, Cape Town residents would have to queue at distribution centers in order to collect a rationed…

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March 19, 2018

9 Ways to Make a Business Case for Flow Management

Considering that North American water costs have increased by as much as 41% since 2010, and most landscapes are overwatered by 30-300%, adopting water flow management may be one of your most profitable moves. The good news is that installing flow management gives you both visibility and control, providing the intelligence you need to monitor…

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March 5, 2018

Irrigation System Tips – Find Your Smart Water Solution

Water rates are growing faster than that of energy, rising an astounding 41% since 2010. [1] It’s simple: waste precious water and your organization will add to what is likely already a substantial bill. But mismanaged water is actually costing you far more than just the cost of the water – you’re exposing yourself to a whole host of additional costs and potential liabilities.

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February 21, 2018

GRESB Reporting Tips and Guidelines

Investors are paying close attention these days to sustainability in retail. The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Rating is a tool that helps determine high-level differentiation on the ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) performance of real estate companies and funds. That’s why it’s important to understand the ESG rating of your retail property or portfolio. 

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