11.26.13Alan Harris

How Thankful Are You for Water?

Giving Thanks for WaterThank you to all the people, companies and equipment who help keep the water flowing.

In the spirit of being thankful, we would like to add water to the list. Whether turning on the faucet or having a smart controller turn on the irrigation system, we are thankful the water is always there. We are thankful for all the people, companies and equipment behind the scenes who help ensure the water continues to flow. So as you enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey this year we hope you will think about our thanks and also remember it probably took 1000 gallons of water to grow and process the turkey.

We are also thankful to the people who help conserve water, whether through taking shorter showers, turning off the water while you brush your teeth, fixing a leak or optimizing your irrigation system with drip or high efficiency heads.

We are thankful for rain that fell this summer and the snow that fell this fall in the areas where they have experienced exceptional drought for several years. Note to Mother Nature: we would appreciate it a little more if the rain and snow were measured in inches instead of feet per day.

We are especially thankful to you, our loyal readers. Whether you are one of our subscribers or just one of the people who contributes to our over 10,000 page views each month we appreciate your time and dedication. Our readership continues to grow and we look forward reaching a broader audience.

Thankful for the Opportunity to Speak and Write about Water

We also appreciate the people who write about us and invite us to write for other publications, speak at association conferences and present on webcasts. Here is a list of where we have been in 2013.


  • Lawn and Landscape Magazine (Recognized with an award from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) for commercial publications series “Future of Water”)
  • Common Interest Magazine (CAI)
  • Associa Living
  • Today’s Facility Manager


  • WaterSmart Innovations Conference
  • American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting and Expo (ASLA)
  • WaterVation Conference
  • Building Owners and Managers Association Conference and Expo (BOMA)
  • National Facility Management and Technology Conference (NFMT)
  • American Resort Development Association (ARDA)
  • 2013 Sustainability Forum
  • Southern California Chapter of the ASLA
  • New England Affordable Housing Management Association


  • Irrigation Association
  • HydroPoint Data Systems
  • Lawn and Landscape

Social Media

We also appreciate and are thankful for our fans and followers on all our social media channels.

  • Twitter – over 10,000 followers of @h2oBloggers, @h2oTrends, @ValleyCrest and @h2oMatters. As you can tell by the handles we mostly tweet about water and landscaping so we are thankful to those people who engage with us.
  • Facebook – Water Bloggers has only been a page for a little over a year. We are thankful for the 130 Likes. Several of our posts reached over 1,000 people and as our Likes continue to grow we will be able to reach even more people with our stories and shares about water.
  • Pinterest – yes, we have several boards dedicated to water related issues and are thankful to the followers and people who share our content.
  • LinkedIn – while we don’t have a page on LinkedIn we are thankful to the people who share our posts in the various groups and on their timelines. LinkedIn is by far our highest referral source of readers.
  • The Water Matters Weekly – we are thankful to the 100’s of contributors who source great content about water each week for the digital paper. While our content here is original we are often inspired by the water issues other people are writing about across the country and in other parts of the world.

Wherever you find us, thank you for following along, reading and listening to how you can improve your water efficiency. Your children and grandchildren will be even more thankful for the water conservation actions you take today.

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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 and Regional Sales Leader 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.


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  1. Tuesday, 1:18 Lauren

    Hey Alan! We are thankful for you and the water bloggers for taking time every week to share your insights, stories and ideas about saving water, and making it so much more fun to learn about it. Thank you for your wit, creativity and research. And, thank you to wine makers for inspiring you ;) 1,000 gallon of water to get a turkey to the dinner table? Unbelievable! I will be thankful for every bite. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Tuesday, 1:34 Alan Harris

    @Lauren: Glad we are able to take a serious topic and make it fun. For those people who are wondering about your wine comment they can find out more here:
    Enjoy your turkey!

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