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  • Pacific Ocean
    08.26.14

    12 Amazing Facts About Water

    There is the same amount of water on earth today as when the earth was formed.  The water that came from your faucet could contain molecules ancient humans drank. Think about this the next time you scoop up a handful of almonds.  It takes over a gallon of water to produce just one almond. This is a great water fact for cocktail parties.  Frozen water is 9% lighter than water, which is why ice floats in water. An acre of... MORE >

  • Drought Response
    08.19.14

    Drought Response: California vs. Texas

    Both the drought in California and the drought in Texas are severe and have been going on for several years. Check out the animation at the end of this post to see how the drought has changed just in 2014. California Drought Response California’s response to the drought has been anemic, very late in coming and somewhat ineffective. Governor Brown made a passionate plea to curb water use 20% in January 2014 and called upon the public yet again in April... MORE >

  • Alliance of Water Management Avengers
    08.05.14

    Irrigation Man Debuts at Comic-Con

    Did you see Irrigation Man at Comic-Con last week? His debut was rumored to be strategically aligned with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy. Sources close to Irrigation Man say talks are underway for a movie, but plot development is still in the early stages. Here is some of what we have learned thus far. Irrigation Man Plot Development In addition to the ability to fly, Irrigation Man will be able repel water with his breath and change irrigation nozzles... MORE >

  • Water Restriction Violation
    07.22.14

    5 Things You Need To Know: New Water Restrictions In California

    The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) approved emergency drought regulations on July 15 prohibiting the application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff. They also approved prohibiting potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature unless the water is part of a recirculating system. The new water restrictions also bar residents and commercial water users from using drinkable water to hose off sidewalks and driveways, or wash cars without a shutoff nozzle. The... MORE >

  • 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 >

  • 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 >

  • Take the mystery out of your water bill. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
    05.27.14

    WHY IS MY WATER BILL A MYSTERY?

    Water bills are a challenge for most consumers to understand and getting more complicated.  If I ask someone who drives, what is the price of a gallon a gas they can respond in a few seconds and be relatively close to the exact amount they would pay at their local gas station.  If I ask the same person about the price of a barrel of oil sometimes they know, but if they are able to use the internet, they will... MORE >

  • Here Comes The Rain
    05.06.14

    10 Songs About Rain

    Rain is an important step in the water cycle and the first step for proper water management of landscape irrigation.  For those living in warm dry regions it is hard to imagine growing crops or landscapes with just the rain water harvested from your geographic area.  According to the EPA, nationwide, landscape irrigation accounts for nearly one-third of all residential water use, totaling nearly 9 billion gallons per day. The water used for this irrigation often comes from rain water, ... MORE >

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