Alan Harris

Alan Harris is a water management pioneer. With roots in landscape architecture, Alan has worked with irrigation throughout his career experimenting with hydrozones and a variety of high efficiency irrigation systems. Now, over thirty years in the landscape industry, Alan continues to stay apprised of the latest technology even in a sales leadership capacity as our Director of Sales Operations for our landscape maintenance division. In addition to his contributions to this blog, Alan keeps his hand in water management as a regular contributor to Lawn & Landscape Magazine and speaker at WaterSmart Innovations Conference.

Growing up, Alan was protected from the drought that hit his local community due to access to his family water well at which time Alan learned how water distribution can impact supply. A fervent debater, Alan enjoys playing devil’s advocate when discussing topics on water shortages. He gardens and plays tennis in his spare time when he’s not participating in ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) or CAI (Community Associations Institute) functions. At home, Alan collects rain to water his garden. Alan on Google+

  • Smart Irrigation Month Coloring Book Cover
    07.15.14

    Is Smart Irrigation Really the Smart Choice

    July is the Irrigation Association’s Smart Irrigation Month. This year the Irrigation Association used a Thunderclap campaign to promote Smart Irrigation Month. Since this was the first year they had a modest goal, which was exceeded by 36%. As a result of the campaign at noon on July 7th the campaign reached over 130,000 people via Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Being a good water conservationist I promoted the Thunderclap in the Alliance for Water Efficiency group on LinkedIn. The comments... MORE >

  • Stains in the Parking Lot from Overwatering
    07.01.14

    Do You Have Any of These 3 Signs of Overwatering

    Is your irrigation system overwatering the landscape? You don’t have to be a landscape professional to see the horrendous tell-tale signs of overwatering. In a previous post Richard shared the signs plants display when they are overwatered. Here are 3 signs of overwatering not related to plant health. Overwatering Sign #1 – Parking Lot Stains The first picture shows repeated and multiple stains on the parking lot surface.  When irrigation water starts to run over the curb it is a... MORE >

  • Green Infrastructure Queens NYC Chris Hamby
    06.17.14

    Green Infrastructure Helps Manage Water

    As municipalities, commercial developers and private landowners increasingly turn to green infrastructure to manage water at the site and regional level, plants and managed landscapes are taking a leading role. Parks, urban forests, green roofs, rain gardens, constructed wetlands, permeable pavement, cisterns…these are the new roots of urban resilience. North Carolina’s Green Industry Council will spotlight the benefits of green infrastructure during their 4th Annual Water Symposium, scheduled for July 24 at the Jane S. McKimmon Center on the campus of... MORE >

  • Alluvial Pattern
    06.03.14

    8 Ways to Detect an Irrigation Leak

    Irrigation systems usually run when most people are asleep so how can you tell if you have an irrigation leak? UF/IFAS Miami U.C.U. (Urban Conservation Unit) reminded me there is a “fine line between poor drainage, over irrigation & irrigation leaks.” However, since none of these are desirable, you need to investigate further if you see any of the geological signs below on your property. Old Faithful Unless you are drilling a well, water shooting up in the air is... MORE >

  • Droplet Water Conservation Robot
    05.13.14

    Water Conservation in the Cloud

    Sometimes the cloud brings rain and sometimes the cloud brings opportunities for water conservation. The cloud in question is the internet and it has changed and will continue to change the way we live our lives. These four innovations (recently or soon to be released) may or may not disrupt the world of irrigation, but they do have significant water conservation implications. Droplet – Reinventing How Plants Get Water A combination of robotics, cloud computing and connected services transform the... MORE >

  • Lawn
    04.29.14

    10 Ways To Make a Splash With Outdoor Water Savings

    Did you miss the WaterSense “Make a Splash With Outdoor Water Savings” webinar, which introduced you to outdoor water saving methods for hotels featuring Richard Restuccia and the award-winning Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, CA? Thanks to the great followup email from the folks at EPA WaterSense here is a quick summary .  Reduce Outdoor Water Use to Maximize Water Savings Add mulch and topsoil, where appropriate Aerate high-traffic areas in lawns to reduce compaction  Allow turfgrass to... MORE >

  • Pelican Hill Coliseum Pool
    04.15.14

    Time to Check Out H2Otel Challenge

    H2Otel Challenge is a new EPA WaterSense program that reduces water use and saves money. Want proof? Ask Caesar’s Entertainment who was the first hotel group to sign up for the program or The Resort at Pelican Hill Newport Beach who reduced their outdoor water use by 37% and saved $75,000 on their water bill in a year. As the Hilton Palacio del Rio in San Antonio, Texas;  San Francisco’s Parc 55 Union Square Hotel and the Holiday Inn San Antonio International... MORE >

  • Miracle Machine Water to Wine
    04.01.14

    Miracle Machine: Water to Wine

    Friends and readers of VCTO know I love wine and you probably figured out water is also an interest of mine. So when my boss sent me a link about the Miracle Machine that turns water to wine in only 3 days with just $2 of ingredients I was hooked. Just to make sure the $499 product was legit, I found articles by Time magazine as well as Discovery News about the Miracle Machine! There is even an “app for that”... MORE >

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