Posts Tagged ‘Water Management’

  • WeatherTRAK FlowLink Valve Box
    07.23.13

    A Reason To Revisit Flow Sensors

    Smart controllers are making a positive impact on water management. What makes a controller smart?  There are several reasons and right at the top of the list is the ability to sense flow.  Flow sensors are affordable devices that can be installed to detect and automatically shut down the irrigation system when breaks, malfunctions or vandalism occur.  Flow sensing should be part of any large irrigation system.  Flow sensors are set to memorize the normal flow of your system. Most manufacturers... MORE >

  • The bloggers for ValleyCrest Takes On
    06.07.13

    Happy Anniversary!

    Two years ago we launched ValleyCresttakeson.com and it has been amazing how many people helped make a difference in water conservation.  Thank you to all of you who have shared your expertise, contributed ideas, and helped raise awareness about water.  We couldn’t have done it without you. Most of the work on the blog is done after hours, and most of our subscribers read the blog after hours. This is not just our work; it is our passion and a... MORE >

  • Water runoff
    04.16.13

    Who Else Wants To Save Energy?

    By now we’re all pretty well programmed to conserve electricity. Turn off the lights, unplug appliances, don’t leave the refrigerator door open, etc. But we’re missing a really important point: the energy-water connection. Almost one fifth of California’s energy is used to move water.  Water conservation and water management are becoming vital to energy conservation.   Nearly 75%  of the state’s rainfall occurs in Northern California, while  75% of the agricultural and urban water use is in Central and Southern... 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 >

  • 04.09.13

    Managing Water – A Limited Opportunity

    In October a print version of  this post was written and published in Lawn & Landscape Magazine under the title of  “The Future of Water.” The response was so positive we are posting it here. What’s the issue? Every second the urban population grows by two people.  Fifty percent of the world’s population lives in cities of 10 million people or more.  According to the Global Environmental Outlook water withdrawals are predicted to increase by 50 percent by 2025 in... MORE >

  • 02.08.13

    The Hidden Risks of Softened Water

    If you live in an area with hard water, it probably seems like common sense to have a water softening system in your home. Nobody wants spotty dishes, bathtub rings, or dull hair! But the ol’ tried-and-true water softener has a few nasty secrets. If you look at the real cost of softened water and the challenges it creates for water management, water conservation, and the environment, you might think a little differently about how you soften your water. What’s... MORE >

  • 02.05.13

    The Key To Water Management

    Inspect what you expect We have all heard the term, “Inspect what you expect.”  Measurement of performance is one of the quickest ways to inspire change.  The water management industry could benefit from real time water use data to measure and report the amount of water used on a daily basis. The non-profit group Charity Water (www.charitywater.org) focused on a project done at Teague, a manufacturing firm. Teague measured the amount of water flowing through their office kitchen faucet.  They... MORE >

  • 01.29.13

    Think Conservation is Tough? 100 Simple Ways to Save Water Outdoors

    1. To improve water conservation install a rain sensor, it turns off your irrigation when it rains. 2. Use a weather-based controller. The use of smart controllers can reduce water usage 24% a year on average. 3. Learn about available rebate programs by checking with local or state water agencies.  Rebates  help offset irrigation investments. 4. It’s important to partner with the right expertise (contractor/water manager), and smart technology to achieve conservation and plant health goals. 5. Sustainable savings goals... MORE >

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