Innovation

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    05.23.14

    Conservation Saves More Than Just Water At Red Rock Country Club

    The Red Rock Country Club and residential community is one of the prime places to live, golf, and enjoy in the Las Vegas area. With two Arnold Palmer signature courses, a clubhouse, spa, tennis facility and a wide array of luxury homes, the club and master-planned community is a big draw for Las Vegas residents and visitors alike. The Conservation Challenge Unfortunately, Red Rock was also a big draw for water bills and its homeowners association (HOA) wanted to change... MORE >

  • Smart Controllers - Efficient Water for Turf
    05.20.14

    HOA Saves Big on Budget

    Can you imagine the frustration of budgeting thousands of dollars a year on something you think is an inevitable expense? How exciting would it be to find out you don’t have to keep spending that money? Wouldn’t you want to make a simple change that will pay you back every year instead of continuing to slip away? With 319 lots and landscaping that extends over 13 acres of turf grass, Dobbins Point, a community in a southwestern suburb of Phoenix,... MORE >

  • Ventana Lakes - Smart Water Management
    05.20.14

    HOA Performs Irrigation Update – Save Thousands

    Can you imagine the frustration of spending thousands of dollars a year on something you think is an inevitable expense? How exciting would it be to find out you don’t have to keep losing that money? Wouldn’t you want to make a simple change that will pay you back every year instead of continuing to slip away? Ventana Lakes, an active retirement community just outside Sun City, AZ, offers residents a long list of activities and miles of beautiful grounds... 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 >

  • 7 Innovative Irrigation Products Photo
    01.28.14

    Top 7 Innovative Irrigation Products

    Top 7 innovative irrigation products in the past 5 years…says who? VCTO reached out to irrigation industry expert Brent Mecham who serves as the Industry Development Director for the Irrigation Association for his opinion. Prior to the last 6 years with the IA, Mecham spent over 13 years with the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District as the Landscape Irrigation Management and Conservation Specialist. He also has a few initials (certifications) after his name including CAIS, CGIA, CIC, CID, CIT, CLIA and... MORE >

  • Water rates are up making water waste costly
    07.11.13

    Water Rates on the Rise: 6 Ways to Save [Infographic]

    Ben Franklin wrote, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” The new addendum should be, “and the rising cost of water.” USA Today, The Oregonian, ValleyCrest Takes On and now Fast Company have taken notice, attributing the water rate increases to aging infrastructure and the rising cost of energy. Regardless of the reasons, water rate increases have us all feeling squeezed whether it be your personal family income or property management budget. The good thing is, there is something you can do... MORE >

  • where the streets have no name
    06.25.13

    Sharing the Savings — “Where the Streets Have No Name”

        Water-related charities are dear to my heart (Read how you can help, one way I help, and why it’s important.) so I love seeing companies sharing their resources to help bring clean water to people in need. Earlier this year I was invited to Central America to help drill a well with WeatherMatic, as part of their Save Water | Give Life campaign. I wasn’t able to go this time, but I made them promise to tell me all about it when... MORE >

  • ValleyCrest Water Analysis Report
    04.11.13

    Innovative Ideas Light up High Performance Building Summit

    Building Innovations Imagine a light bulb with a smart chip that uses 60 percent less energy, cuts itself off when there’s no one in the room and goes into an alarm mode, blinking on and off if fire breaks out. Or glass that responds to temperature and light conditions to significantly reduce energy uses by the traditional building HVAC systems. What about a leading ad agency office with no desks, only benches, or a design-office for 30-somethings that features roll-up,... MORE >

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