The power of smart controllers comes from using the “smart” features as a tool to manage water. I remember the first time I looked at an Excel spreadsheet I asked a colleague what is all the fuss about? It just looks like a sheet of graph paper to me. I couldn’t believe there wasn’t some type of template already embedded so I could easily manipulate data. As I learned more about Excel I started to better comprehend the power. Understanding... MORE >
Richard Restuccia is a water management evangelist. He believes passionately in water efficiency and sees the financial and social benefits far too often to keep a secret. As the Director for Water Management Solutions at ValleyCrest, Richard is our spokesperson at industry events and on the Hill to provide direction and insight on landscape water management best practices. Richard puts his words into action through service on various boards and committees. Currently he serves on the Irrigation Association’s Board of Directors. As a board member, Richard serves in a variety of capacities, including government/public affairs. He is the liaison between the board and its marketing committee on the best ways to promote water efficiency and educate industry professionals on new technologies, products and services. Richard is also a regular contributor to Lawn & Landscape Magazine.
With over 15 years of focus on landscape water management solutions, Richard has experience on both the supplier and maintenance sides of the business. He has a great interest in the supply of clean water for people in developing countries and as an outdoorsman, spends his free time running, swimming and surfing. Richard has a Masters of Science in Agribusiness Management from Arizona State University.
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Mary Ann Dickinson is the founder of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, an organization working to promoting the efficient, sustainable use of water in the U.S. and Canada. The Alliance works with water utilities, water conservation professionals in business and industry, planners, regulators, and consumers to promote the water efficiency message. She has been active in water for many years. In 1989 she was Deputy Director for Public and Governmental Affairs at the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority. A... MORE >
Imagine using things in your office in a different way. CBRE did when they created the “Workplace360” initiative. “Workplace 360” is a strategy maximizing employee productivity through technology, space utilization, sustainability, mobility and enhanced flexibility. I recently toured their first “Workplace360” location in downtown Los Angeles and have to say, this is an office I would want to work in everyday. First WELL certified office space in the world The WELL Building Standard® is a certification given by DELOS®. The certification... MORE >
Pat Mulroy oversees the operations of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD). The Water Authority is responsible for acquiring, treating and delivering water to Southern Nevada. Mulroy was a principal architect of the Authority, which has allowed Southern Nevada to grow and thrive during a time of water shortages and drought. Pat is known nation wide as a leader in water management and conservation. She has negotiated numerous agreements with her neighbors... MORE >
Social Media at WaterSmart Innovations As soon as I saw the new mobile app for the WaterSmart Innovations Conference I knew this year Doug Bennett and his team stepped up their efforts in technology and social media. The conference has always done a good job promoting themselves with Social Media, but this year was much better. There were two sessions about Social Media and a workshop teaching Social Media during the week. Southern Nevada Water Authority placed five 50 inch... MORE >
A few weeks ago I wrote an article concerning signs you are overwatering your plants. It created interest in overwatering, but also sparked interests in the subject of underwatering plants. Since some of the signs of overwatering and underwatering plants look very similar, I am sharing some signs of underwatering. 1. Your plant is wilting Wilting is a sign of both underwatering and overwatering your plants. In the case of underwatering the plant, when you feel the leaves you will... MORE >
Whether you are thinking about drilling a water well on your property or considering buying land and would like to know the potential for success for drilling on that property, there are many questions you need to answer. There are no simple solutions, no detailed maps of ground-water presence, and no guarantees. Drilling can be very expensive and the potential for success varies. Also, regulations and permitting is different from state to state and even county to county. But information... MORE >
Giving your plants too much water is one of the biggest issues I see in landscapes today. The mistake of overwatering your plants is not easy to diagnose. In many instances too much water mimics the signs of too little water. Below are four signs you can easily recognize to determine if you are giving your landscape too much water. Your plant is wilting but it looks like it has plenty of water Roots are critical to plant life. They... MORE >