For most of us who subscribe to this blog, every month is smart irrigation month. The good news for us is the Irrigation Association created smart irrigation month as an initiative to increase public awareness of the value of water-use efficiency and grow demand for water-saving products, practices and services. July is the selected month because it is typically the month water requirements are highest for landscapes, it’s typically the hottest month of the year, and a great time to check how well your irrigation system is watering.
Smart Irrigation Month started in 2005 and is gaining traction as stakeholders recognize the potential impact of efficient irrigation in July and year-round. All industry professionals and businesses are encouraged to participate. Several states have also designated July as Smart Irrigation Month: Arizona, North Carolina, Colorado, and Oklahoma. I am not sure what happened to the other 46 states. Maybe I missed one. If I did please let me know in the comments and if your state isn’t on this list it may be time to send your Governor a letter.
Smart Irrigation Month is an industry campaign to increase public awareness of the value of water-use efficiency. It’s an opportunity for all of us to:
Educate customers about efficient water use.
Grow demand for water-saving technologies, products and services.
Provide real solutions to today’s water challenges.
Position your company as a leader in smart water-saving practices.
Some of the manufacturers have taken the lead in promoting Smart Irrigation Month. Hunter Industries is running some fun contests on their Facebook page. Rain Bird is having a contest on their Facebook page too. Contestants have the opportunity to win a smart controller. Toro is offering a $50 gift card with the purchase of $250 in Toro products during the month of July. You can see the details here.
Some of the irrigation distributors are getting on board too. Ewing Irrigation is sponsoring a smart irrigation = smart opportunity program. They are offering product discounts all month long.
So this is your chance to support smart irrigation month. There are lots of opportunities to make a difference. Let us know in the comments section of the blog what you plan to do to celebrate the month.
Richard Restuccia - You can also follow me on twitter @H2oTrends or @VCH2O