WaterSense Celebrates 10-Year Mark

Over the past decade, EPA’s WaterSense program has sparked a market transformation all across North America for irrigation products that save water, energy, and money.

The program was recently threatened by Trump administration budget cuts. (See related article, “AWE Fears WaterSense May Lose Funding.”) But that threat is on hold for now. (See box below.)

Let’s take a look at some of the program’s accomplishments in the last 10 years…

Label and Certification Milestones

Since 2007, more than 21,000 product models of plumbing fixtures and irrigation controllers have earned the WaterSense label for efficiency and performance.  More than 5,000 new models earned the label in 2016 alone. Nearly 68 million individual labeled products have been shipped to date. 

Beginning in 2006, WaterSense certification programs have focused on water-efficient techniques and technologies for certified irrigation system designers, auditors, and installation and maintenance professionals. Since then, thousands of irrigation specialists have been certified and gained an edge in the competitive marketplace.

The Three “P’s” — Products, Practices, People

In an effort to reduce the waste of outdoor water, the EPA program has promoted the three “P’s”— products, practices, and people. This includes:

  • Designing water-smart landscapes that are well-suited for the local climate
  • Installing WaterSense-labeled irrigation controllers, and
  • Hiring WaterSense-certified irrigation professionals.

Their efforts have paid off. For instance, in 2016, the number of labeled irrigation controllers increased by an impressive 63% over the previous year.  These new, web-based models allow users to adjust their irrigation systems via an app on their smartphone.

What’s Next?

In 2017, the WaterSense program is focused on product labeling for pressure-regulating sprinkler bodies. The idea is that large amounts of water can be wasted whenever spray sprinklers operate under higher-than-normal pressure. In other words, significant water savings can be realized by regulating this pressure. To this end, the program recently released a draft specification for these new pressure-regulating sprinklers.

Let’s Keep It Going

The AWE is working to ensure that the WaterSense program can continue unabated. But they need help. Which is why they are seeking signers of letters supporting their proposed legislation to keep it going. To join in this effort, click here.


Environmental Protection Agency

Alliance for Water Efficiency

Interior Appropriations Subcommittee

What Are YOU Doing to Promote Smart Irrigation Month?

It’s that time of year again…July is Smart Irrigation Month and, as usual, there are many ways  for businesses and consumers to participate in the campaign.

First launched in 2005, Smart Irrigation Month continues to gain traction each year as consumers and irrigation specialists alike recognize the positive impact efficient irrigation and water use provides to all of us.

Give This a Try!

Place a few empty tuna cans around your lawn while you’re watering and measure how long it takes your sprinkler to fill them with a half inch of water. Then, try watering that amount of time twice a week, gauge how your landscape responds, and adjust based on weather conditions. Or simplify by replacing your standard clock timer controller with a WaterSense-labeled irrigation controller.

Smart Systems

Among the strategies being presented to consumers, first and foremost is proper programming of automatic watering or sprinkler systems to deliver just the right amount of water at the right time.

Additional strategies include:

  • Proper landscaping, keeping soil healthy, mulching and routine landscape maintenance
  • Investing in an irrigation system that uses the best, most flexible, components, has “smart” controls, and meets code requirements
  • Watering during the evening and early morning to prevent evaporation, taking soil type and sprinkler placement into consideration
  • Maintaining the sprinkler system regularly by adjusting sprinkler heads, repairing leaks and monitoring pressure

WaterSense

According the the EPA’s WaterSense website, adopting water–savvy habits also is essential to maintaining and extending our communities’ water supplies, especially during peak use. WaterSense partners with manufacturers, retailers/distributors, and utilities to bring high-performing, water-efficient products to the marketplace.

WaterSense also partners with professional certifying organizations to promote water–efficient landscape irrigation practices. Since the program began in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save a total of 1.5 trillion gallons of water, resulting in more than $32.6 billion in water and energy bill savings.

Smart Ideas

Since July is the peak month for water consumption, the national Smart Irrigation campaign is also encouraging industrial firms and professionals to promote smart irrigation practices and technologies.   Here are just a few of the many  “Smart Ideas” to promote the national campaign that are listed on the Irrigation Association website:

  • Add the Smart Irrigation Month logo to your website, ads, customer presentations, field signs, invoices and more.
  • Submit a press release or letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
  • Ask employees to add the Smart Irrigation Month logo to their e-mail signature block.
  • Host a live demonstration of water-saving irrigation technologies, in the field or at your location.
  • Feature water-efficient products and services in displays, ads, promotions and product demos with the Smart Irrigation Month logo.
  • Use a banner, outside signage or counter sign to encourage customers to ask about smart irrigation.

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  • Make smart irrigation the theme of sales calls.
  • Give awards to customers and/or business partners who promote water-efficient practices.
  • Volunteer to speak to a local homeowner association, garden club or civic group.
  • Distribute copies of the Smart Irrigation Month coloring book at a farmers market or county fair.
  • Ask your local radio station to play a public service announcement, promoting July as Smart Irrigation Month.

Remember…Every Drop Counts! What are YOU doing to promote Smart Irrigation Month? 


Sources:

Irrigation Association

EPA WaterSense

It’s National Fix a Leak Week!

Did you know….

Each year, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water nationwide? That amount is:

  • Nine percent of the total water needed to end California’s five-year drought
  • Enough to fill 40 million swimming pools and 24 billion bathtubs
  • Almost equal to the capacity of Florida’s vast Lake Okeechobee
  • Equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes

Plug Those Leaks!

The EPA’s “Fix a Leak Week” is a national effort to stop that waste. This year’s event runs from March 20 through March 26.

Much of the problem stems from leaky kitchen and bathroom faucets, malfunctioning toilets and errant sprinkler systems. Fixing some of these easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills, according to the EPA.

Karen Wirth is in charge of marketing and outreach for the EPA’s WaterSense program. In her view, most folks are clueless about the total amount of water wasted because they “see a couple of drips coming out of their shower head, or sprinkler outside, or faucet, it doesn’t seem like that much.” 

So each year, the EPA hones in on the drips during Fix a Leak Week. Special events are planned from coast to coast to teach homeowners how to find and fix household leaks. To download the EPA’s Fix a Leak fact sheet click, click here.

Easy Fixes

There’s a simple way to check for leaks in the toilet, Wirth said. “Just put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If that shows up in the bowl, you have a leak.” This problem can often be fixed by simply replacing the flapper.

Replacing old and worn faucet washers and gaskets fixes most faucet leaks. For leaky shower heads, use pipe tape to secure the connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem.

For the EPA’s complete list of leak fixes, click here.

Leave It to the Pros

Irrigation systems can be another problem area. But this one best left to the professionals.

“An irrigation system that has a leak 1/32nd of an inch in diameter (about the thickness of a dime) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month,” according to the EPA.

They suggest that homeowners consult an irrigation professional certified by WaterSense to check for leaks throughout the system.


Sources:

EPA.gov

The Washington Post

Alliance for Water Efficiency

2017 Ohio IA Annual Election Results

Leadership
The Ohio Irrigation Association is pleased to announce the election of the following individuals to the Officers and Board of Directors positions for 2017:

Ohio Irrigation Association Officers 2017

 PositionNameCompany PhoneCity/State
JC Wheaton PortraitPresidentJ. C. WheatonCenterville Landscaping(937) 433-5395Centerville, Ohio
Renzo DiFrancoVice PresidentRenzo DeFrancoIrrigation Pro, Inc.(440) 572-6600Columbia Station, Ohio
John Newlin, Secretary, Ohio Irrigation AssociationSecretaryJohn NewlinQuality Sprinkling Systems, Inc.(440) 327-1936North Ridgeville, Ohio
John DolleTreasurerJohn B. DolleRainscapes Irrigation Services(937) 313-6644Springboro, Ohio

Board of Directors 2017

 NameCompany PhoneCity/State
Kevin DarnerKevin DarnerWolf Creek Company(937) 854-2694 Office
(513) 913-0686
(937) 524-1728
Cincinnati, Ohio
Jim JulianoEMI (Environmental Management Inc.(614) 876-9988Columbus, Ohio
Kris KeckleyKris KeckleyRain One Irrigation & Drainage(614) 759-1196Blacklick, Ohio
Mike KneperMike KnepperCentury Equipment(513) 285-1811 office
(513) 889-6779 cell
Cincinnati, Ohio
Tim OwenTim OwenSiteOne Landscape Supply(614) 989-3839
(800) 347-4272 toll-free
Columbus, Ohio
(with locations throughout the U.S.)

Help Wanted – Irrigation Installation Foreman, Columbus (OH) Area

Environmental Management LogoEnvironmental Management, Columbus, Ohio
Experienced Landscape Irrigation Installation Foreman Needed

Help Wanted — Irrigation Installation Foreman needed for installing and maintaining underground irrigation systems for both residential and commercial clients according to EMI standard operating procedures.

Position requires previous irrigation experience and/or electrical experience.  Foreman works in cooperation with Landscape Design/Sales, Landscape Division Operations Manager, with quality and customer satisfaction as top priority.

Communicates and resolves all issues related to installation to ensure the installation meets the specifications of the design and client.  Able to properly maintain and complete daily paperwork needed to report service activities to customers and EMI administration.  Able and willing to communicate with customer when needed.

Position may require working off hours and weekends to service residential clients.  Must be available to work extended hours, weekends and during inclement weather.

The employee must provide leadership and work direction for Irrigation Crew Laborers.  They are responsible for vehicle operation, equipment operation and adherence to EMI established safety procedures.

Salary based on experience, ranging from $17.00 to $25.00 an hour

For more information on available career opportunities, please call EMI Employee Services at 614.876.9988, or visit us at www.landscapepros.com.


About Environmental Management

Environmental Management Inc. is one of the largest landscape companies in the Columbus, Ohio, and Central Ohio areas. Environmental Management designs, builds and maintains hundreds of attractive, quality outdoor environments for both residential and commercial properties. Their experienced and hardworking professional staff provides the most comprehensive array of landscape services available in today’s marketplace – and they’re dedicated to exceeding expectations, everyday!

You’re Invited to the OIA Annual Meeting, January 16 at MGIX

The Ohio Irrigation Association (OIA) annual meeting, held in conjunction with MGIX 2017, will be followed by a FREE reception at Barley’s Brew House.

Meeting

email_sig_mgix17When: Monday, January 16

Time: 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm
(Reception following at Barley’s Brew House)

Where: The Greater Columbus Convention Center – Room C150

Reception – Free Beer, Wine and Food

draft-beer-979210_1920Join Ohio Irrigation Contractors

When: Monday, January 16

Time: 6:45 pm to whenever

Where: Barley’s Brew House, 467 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio (across the street from the Convention Center)

Reception and Door Prizes Courtesy of HunterRain Bird and Toro

Don’t miss out on the best party of the year! Mingle with old friends, vendors, and manufacturers’ representatives. Hunter, Rain Bird, and Toro personnel will be there, as well as the Board of Directors for the Ohio Irrigation Association.

Find out how others fared through 2016. Learn about new products and old tricks. Get the latest news and views from experts. Companies from all over the state of Ohio will be represented.

We’ll See You There!

MGIX 2017, Ohio’s Premier Green Industry Trade Show, January 16-18

 

MGIX

Midwest Green Industry Xperience (MGIX) 2017 (formerly known as CENTS) is scheduled for three full days, January 16 through 18, 2017, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The event will combine industry-leading education with an expanded trade show, offering a truly innovative green industry experience.

Trade Show

This year’s trade show will feature more than 400 exhibitors, offering a wide range of products and services, including nursery stock, hardscaping products, pest and disease control, landscaping equipment, business services and more. The show is expected to attract more than 6,000 attendees.

MGIXThe expanded trade show will also offer:

  • Garden Promenade and Garden Lounge
  • The latest innovations in the New Product Showcase
  • “Are You Smarter Than a Green Industry Pro?” trivia game in the Garden Lounge.

Back by Popular Demand

Available again this year will be the ever-popular ONLA Garage, offering hands-on training to teach your team how to correctly operate, utilize and maintain your precious equipment for optimal performance and longevity. dscf5109-e1478540194841(The ONLA Garage is included with the purchase of a trade show pass.)

Also back this year will be Climbers Corners. This live-stage event features expert educators demonstrating a variety of arboricultural techniques important to tree work professionals, landscape crews, managers and designers.

Education

Educational sessions of particular interest to landscape and irrigation professionals will include:

  • MGIX“Integrated Pest Management in Lawns and Landscapes,” presented by Dave Shetlar, Professor of Urban Landscape Entomology, Ohio State University
  • “Sustainability Parts I, II and III,” presented by John DeVore, designer, landscape contractor and educator
  • “Landscaping for Climate Change,” presented by Kim Eierman, certified environmental horticulturist and master gardener
  • “The Landscape Sustainability Checklist,” presented by Stephen Foltz, Director of Horticulture, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
  • “Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Control,” presented by writer, consultant and educator Debra Knapke
  • “Planting from the Ground Up,” presented by Joe Boggs, Professor of Entomology, Ohio State University

Workshops

In addition, the following pre-conference workshops will be offered on Sunday, January 15:

  • oipcworkshopjuly16c-400_2_origAnnual P.L.A.N.T. Seminar (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.),  presented each winter by the Perennial Plant Association in partnership with Ohio State University Master Gardener Volunteers.
  • Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement Specialist (PICPS) Course (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), designed to educate experienced contractors about the differences between installing PICP versus regular interlocking concrete pavement systems.
  • Landscape Business Bootcamp (9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.), tailored to business owners, managers, employees and all those seeking to improve their expertise in the industry. The curriculum is based on GreenMark’s 4 Cores of Landscape Business Success:  Guiding the business, running the business, getting the business , and doing the business.

To Learn More…

For more information, including the education schedule and special events, Click Here.

email_sig_mgix17To register for MGIX 2017, Click Here.

To reserve a booth, Click Here.

 


Sources:

MGIX17.com

MGIX 2017 Planning Guide

What is Lean Construction & Why Should You Care?

Everyone has heard the expression “Time is Money.” The concept of efficiency in business has long been a characteristic of manufacturing. Among the best known examples are Henry Ford’s automated mass production and Toyota Production Systems, both geared toward providing high-quality, low-cost automobiles.

Today, building contractors, architects and engineers are applying these same concepts to the construction field, using the Lean Construction (LC) philosophy. The purpose of Lean Construction is to create efficient production processes that increase value while reducing waste of time, money and effort.

lean constructionStrategic planning and open communication are two of the most important principles a business needs in order to successfully implement the Lean Construction method. All parties involved in the building process – the client, management, suppliers and those who actually perform the work on the job site – must understand the vision for the completed product, and all are welcome to contribute their ideas to enhance a positive outcome. An article published by Constructing Excellence defines five principles of Lean Construction:

  1. Identifying value from the point of view of the customer.
  2. Understanding the value streams by which value is delivered.
  3. Achieving flow within work processes as waste is removed.
  4. Achieving pull so that nothing is made/delivered until it is needed.
  5. Recognizing that improvement needs to be constantly sought.

Why does it matter?

Lean Construction enhances efficiency by providing standards to the industry worldwide, with a major emphasis on reducing waste and increasing value. Creating a comprehensive strategic plan prior to starting a project is an essential element to achieve the goal of bringing the project in on time, under budget, and resulting in a quality product.

lean2Contractors who utilize the LC philosophy develop a detailed plan, from the conceptual design stage through completion of the project, and use a teamwork approach to ensure that everyone involved is aware of their role and responsibilities. They know the type, quantity and cost of materials, and collaborate with suppliers to reduce waste of materials and money. They plan the flow of processes required for each step of the building process, using standard procedures that have been developed based on experience and input from stakeholders (including the workers in the field). Information is shared throughout the process and adjustments made as necessary, to ensure reduction in downtime and miscommunication.

Why should we care about Lean Construction?

In addition to the obvious benefits of saving time and money for the client and the contractor, the Lean Construction focus on reducing material waste contributes to protecting the environment. By including workers’ contributions in planning and implementing processes, safety is enhanced and new workers are attracted to the field. And the client reaps the most benefit, as the goal is to specifically create value for the customer.

How is Lean Construction affecting the world?

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Diagram Courtesy of MicroSource

As the construction industry develops and formulates LC practices that produce the best results, this knowledge can be shared, thus reducing costly mistakes and maximizing value throughout the process. The International Group for Lean Construction boasts members from all over the world, bringing together professionals from architecture, engineering and construction to research and evaluate best practices and to share ideas to meet the challenges of the future. LC is connected to global environmental issues, such as the need for the raw materials and energy sources required to manufacture finished products for the construction industry.

Recognized by the EPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the advantages of the Lean Construction philosophy. The agency offers a “Lean, Energy & Climate Toolkit” on their website which outlines cost savings, greenhouse gas management, and competitive advantage as benefits resulting from using LC strategies. As energy companies and other professions seek ways to control costs and improve services, they are also implementing the tools provided by the Lean philosophy.

The following video provides the basics of Lean Construction in three minutes:

 

Lean Construction shows great promise in helping the industry with the economic and financial challenges facing them. The willingness of the community to share and standardize processes will benefit both the contractors’ bottom lines and the end result for consumers.

Jessica Kane writes for Federal Steel Supply, Inc., a leading supplier of carbon, alloy and stainless steel pipe, tubes, fittings and flanges.

 


Sources:

Constructing Excellence

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Get Ready for the 2016 Green Industry & Equipment Expo!

Expo

Show Is Set for Oct. 19-21, Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville

Valuable opportunities abound at the 2016 Green Industry Expo (GIE+EXPO) for irrigation and landscape professionals interested in improving profitability.GIE-1140x641

GIE+EXPO’s 2016 dates are Wednesday, Oct. 19 (Dealer Day) and Oct. 20-21 for all industry participants. This annual event, featuring nearly 750 indoor and outdoor exhibits, is sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc. (OPEI), Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

Two Trade Shows

This year there will be TWO trade shows – GIE+EXPO and Hardscape North America – co-located in one central location to bring even more innovations, ideas and networking to landscape professionals. In addition, this year’s Expo workshops will cover a variety of valuable management topics specifically designed for the landscaping professional’s business.

expoGIE+EXPO has dubbed the 2016 show “The Year of the Dealer.” According to Kris Kiser, OPEI President and CEO, show organizers anticipate topping 2015’s record-breaking attendance. “This year’s show is a must-attend event for lawn and landscape pros who are looking to move their businesses to the next level,” he said. The introduction of new products, educational opportunities and the co-location of Hardscape North America makes the Expo this industry’s “No. 1 business investment,” according to Kiser.

At this year’s Expo, dealers will discover how to turn their dealerships into high-performing machines. A special pavilion – The Dealer Resource Pavilion – will be available to dealers, retailers, technicians and distributors only.  The pavilion includes an Internet café, lounge and leading suppliers’ information booths.

Of Special Interest to Landscapers

Also of particular interest to landscapers is the popular School of Grounds Management and LANDSCAPES 2016, offering powerful educational sessions and extensive peer networking. Organized by the NALP and the PGMS, these premier educational events for green industry professionals and professional grounds managers begin Oct. 20.  For a list of NALP workshops, click here.

expoTraditionally, one of the Expo’s most attractive features for both exhibitors and visitors is the 19-acre outdoor demonstration area. Here you can test drive the equipment you’ve seen on the showroom floor. (The Kentucky Exposition Center is the only facility in the U.S. that offers such a large outdoor turf area just a few steps away from the indoor exhibits.)

For online registration and exhibitor information, click here.

 


Source:

GIE+EXPO.com

Internet-Based Smart Irrigation Systems

Internet-based smart irrigation system technology is rapidly expanding throughout the industry, particularly for residential usage.web-based

Internet-based smart irrigation system technology is even featured in Forbes magazine, “Tired Of Wasting Water With That Dumb Sprinkler? Meet The Smart Sprinkler Controller.” This irrigation system technology allows residential users to control and monitor their sprinkler systems from anywhere in the world using a web browser or iPhone/Android app. It also uses the homeowner’s wireless internet (wifi) to access a live stream from nearby weather stations.  As a result, residential users are provided with real-time weather data, without the need to install a personal weather station or rain sensor.

lawn1Using adaptive algorithms to generate custom and dynamic watering schedules from this weather data, the smart controller automatically determines the optimal watering schedule for the irrigation site. The system automatically adjusts watering cycles, duration and frequency for optimal results in any weather condition. Some smart controllers will even take into consideration local watering restrictions.

swat_logoWeb-based irrigation systems are certifiable through both the EPA’s WaterSense program and the Irrigation Association’s Smart Water Application Technologies (SWAT) testing.  For a comparison of WaterSense and SWAT testing protocols, click here.

Let’s take a look at some of the web-based irrigation systems currently available…


Skydrop

Skydrop’s WiFi-based smart controller entered the market in September of 2014. The company is based in Lehi, Utah, and promotes its product as helping residential users to abide by local watering restrictions. (“Don’t be a lawn bandit, and don’t risk hefty fines.”) According to Skydrop, the typical homeowner can install and set up its controller in less than 30 minutes.

Malibu-GardenIn addition to using real-time weather data, the Skydrop smart controller also measures soil moisture to determine how much water the landscape is losing.  Like most other internet-based systems, the Skydrop device is programmed by zone according to soil type, plant type, sprinkler type, slope and shape. The  Skydrop controller can also be integrated with other smart home systems such alarm controllers, solar heating/cooling, and outdoor lighting.

logo-90The controller includes a “cycle and soak” feature to eliminate or reduce runoff when landscapes are sloped. The company claims that watering each zone separately and only when required results in an average reduction in water usage of 35%. The Skydrop smart controller has qualified for the EPA’s WaterSense® Certification, yet the company does not plan to pursue SWAT testing at this time.

The Skydrop controller operates eight zones plus a master valve/pump, and is expandable to 16 zones with an expansion unit. The retail price for the Skydrop 8-zone controller is around $300, and the expansion unit retails for $50.


Hydrawise (Hunter Industries)

flowerHydrawise was recently purchased by Hunter Industries. The Hydrawise smart controller provides interactive online reporting and alerts that allow the user to view water usage for each watering cycle or the water flow rate at any time. Email alerts notify the user of water flows (e.g., due to a broken pipe or faulty valve) when no zone is currently running. Alerts can also be configured when the water usage for an irrigation zone changes by more than 10% (such as, from broken spray heads or faulty wiring).

Hydrawise2ColorTrim260Hydrawise is one of the products which does not require port forwarding on the user’s router in order to control the irrigation system from anywhere in the world. Rather, wireless functionality is provided inside the controller; the user enters a wireless password on the controller itself.

hydrawiseAccording to Chris Foster, Midwest Sales Manager for Hunter, the Hydrawise system utilizes Cloud technology, allowing the residential user and support technician to “meet in the cloud,” thereby preventing any potential security risks.  “Hydrawise is fourth-generation technology,” he said.

The Hydrawise controller is available in 6- or 12-zone models; expansion modules allow an individual system to be expanded up to 36 zones. The product is WaterSense certified and was the winner of  The Australian Backyard Innovation Challenge in 2015. Hydrawise has not been SWAT tested. Pricing is available through a Hunter distributor.

According to Michael White, Vice President of Turf & Landscape Sales for Automatic Irrigation Supply, one of the best features of the Hydrawise system is the professional support that is now available through Hunter Industries.


Cyber Rain

The Cyber Rain smart controller is manufactured by Israel-based Galcon, which is owned by Kibbutz Kfar Blum.  According to the company, Cyber Rain was the very first central irrigation product to earn the EPA WaterSense certification (in 2012). It also claims that the Cyber Rain controller can reduce water costs by up to 40% annually. Cyber Rain is SWAT approved.

LogoCyberRain1Cyber Rain supplies a small device called an “Access Point” that is plugged into a router so that the controller can access the internet using Cloud technology. The Access Point communicates with an unlimited number of Cyber Rain controllers through its own two-way wireless network. The standard radio can communicate up to 200 feet, while the longer-range radio can reach up to two miles with the optional antenna.

downloadCyber Rain offers a Smart Scheduling Wizard to set up the water-wise irrigation schedule customized to the particular landscape. For zones with dense soil or on a slope, for instance, the Cyber Rain smart controller offer a cycle and soak feature to avoid run-off.

Controllers are available in 8-, 16- and 24-zone models. (The optional antenna can be attached to increase range.) Prices for the residential systems range from $500 to $600.  Professional installation is not required for the residential systems, but appears to be recommended.


Rachio

Rachio introduced its first product (“Iro”) in 2014; Iro is an intelligent irrigation controller that is powered by Rachio’s cloud-based software.  It an be rachio-logo-for-web-300px (1)controlled either through a web-based dashboard or through an intuitive Android or iPhone app. During setup, the homeowner’s smartphone sends a signal to the Iro, connecting it to the internet through a WiFi network. It then communicates with Rachio’s cloud-based software. The company claims that installation and setup take less than 30 minutes with no special tools or expertise required.

The Iro will automatically check the local weather forecast and issue adjustments based on evapotranspiration and precipitation data to match soil moisture depletion. The Iro also learns from the customer’s adjustments over time. As a result, users can personalize the balance between water use and the level of plant health in each zone.

Irrigation-Flowers013Iro’s Smart Cycle will automatically schedule cycle and soak irrigation events to eliminate or reduce runoff when landscapes are sloped and/or the infiltration rate of the soil is less than that of the precipitation rate of the nozzle for the given zone. A virtual rain sensor will suspend irrigation events if rain is forecasted within the next 24 hours.

Iro controllers are available in 8-zone ($199) and 16-zone ($249) models. The Iro system has received the EPA’s WaterSense certification. Rachis is SWAT tested and has earned the prestigious EPA WaterSense label for irrigation efficiency.

Comparison of Residential Web-Based Smart Irrigation Controllers

 SkydropHydrawiseCyber RainRachio
SmartPhone CompatibleYesYesYesYes
Ipad/PC CompatibleYesYesNoYes
Android CompatibleYesYesYesYes
Uses Real-time Weather DataYesYesYesYes
Provides Online ReportingYesYesYesYes
Uses Cloud TechnologyYesYesYesYes
WaterSense CertifiedYesYesYesYes
SWAT TestedYesNoYesYes
Do-It-Yourself InstallationYesNo
YesYes
Professional SupportNoYesNoYes
Interfaces with Other Home SystemsYesYesNoYes
Includes Cycle and Soak FeatureYesYesYesYes
No. of Zones Available8, 166, 12*8, 168, 16
Price$299.99-$348.99 $260.00-$310.00$499.00-$599.00$199.00-$249.00

*May be expanded up to 36 zones.


The Future

Having recently attended a trade function focused on what water management will look like in the year 2065, Automatic Irrigation’s Michael White firmly believes that the web-based systems are crucial to allowing homeowners to be better stewards of water resources.  “Twenty-five years from now, water will cost much more than it does today,” he said. Consequently, “These new systems are good for the consumer and they’re good for the industry.”

(Editor’s note: Rachio’s data was corrected and updated from the original post based on additional information provided by the manufacturer.)


Sources:

U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation, “Weather- and Soil Moisture-Based Landscape Irrigation Scheduling Devices”

“Using Your Smarts” With Smart Irrigation Controllers Featuring JC Wheaton

Lawn & Landscape January 2016 CoverJ.C. Wheaton, President of the Ohio Irrigation Association and manager of Centerville Irrigation in Ohio, was recently featured in Lawn & Landscape’s article entitled, “Total Control.” Smart Irrigation controllers are the next step in the efficient use of water in the landscape.

J.C. was interviewed about Smart Irrigation Controllers, calling the new technology “the responsible thing to do.”

JC Wheaton Head & ShouldersWheaton’s company installs a controller with a smart sensor, capable of sensing local weather conditions. The sensor then automatically alerts the controller to the current conditions, eliminating the need for human manipulation.  This is something customers appreciate, because “it saves them from either having to go to the box themselves or calling us for a return trip,” Wheaton said.

One-Stop Service

Customers also love the fact that the system is a “one-stop” service that automatically adjusts to the temperature.   “They don’t have to go out three times or four times a season to adjust everything.”  He considers this the system’s strongest selling point for new customers.  “You’re saving them the hassle with keeping the property the way they want,” he said.

While Wheaton admits that the smart controller system costs more than a traditional controller (still less than $100), he believes the energy and water savings make it a much better long-term deal.

More Commercial Use Needed

commerical-sprinklersWhich is one reason he hopes commercial architects and designers will jump on board to maximize efficiency of their designs.  Right now, the smart controller systems are not very well stocked on commercial projects, and that’s resulting in poor efficiency.  “You see them all the time running in the rain, no matter what town you’re in,” Wheaton says. “Running too long, running in the gutter…because they were not put in correctly with the right components.”

The Down Side?

One of the potential drawbacks to the smart controller system is losing control of when the zones are running. “You’re basically turning that over to the clock to make those decisions, which isn’t always a bad thing. But sometimes the homeowner or resident wants to know their irrigation schedule and you can’t necessarily tell them that,” Wheaton said.

Companies will also see fewer mid-season service calls. Contractors who are concerned about that are probably not the type who will benefit from using the smart control system, Wheaton said.  “It’s about the efficiency of getting the best product to your customer. Those callbacks can be used other ways, such as zoning and monthly business checks.”


Source:

Lawn & Landscape, http://www.lawnandlandscape.com/article/total-control/

 

Landscape Contractors Industry Forum: Power in Numbers

Landscape Contractors, a LinkedIn industry forum/group for discussion and networking among landscaping professionals, recently passed the 20,000 registered member mark.

Open to All Landscapers

community-forum-iconThe purpose of the group is to provide a forum for open conversation with all individuals involved in all aspects of landscaping. Industry professionals and allied supporting groups are encouraged to join. The group aims to “improve the art, practice, science and the business of landscaping throughout the world,” by providing landscapers with a platform for discussing business-related and horticultural concepts “in a community of like-minded, smart business professionals.”

The only promotional posts allowed on the site are those of an educational nature or those promoting state or national associations involved with the Green Industry.

In Appreciation

In recognition of the 20,000-member milestone, Landscape Contractors group founder Dan Pestretto posted this message:

garden011-300x168“Thank you to all the members, and especially those who pose thoughtful questions and those who contribute meaningful responses. Our group has influence and power to transform the landscape industry. When we work together we can influence the market, the industry, research and our growth in ways that will be truly amazing!”

Pestretto is a landscape business consultant, sales trainer, speaker and author, who resides in the Boston area.

Congratulations on passing the 20,000 mark poured into the site from professionals as far away as Bahrain, India, and Toronto, Canada.  One member, based in Maryland, stated that the forum “provide(s) great resources and industry knowledge that can’t be grasped solely by education and normal work experience.”

Join Us Landscape Contractors

If you’re not already part of this worthwhile group and you’d like to contribute to positive change benefiting landscape professionals, customers and the community in general, join the Landscape Contractors forum by clicking here.

If you are already a member, contribute often to the conversation and ask your friends to join. There’s power in numbers!

Every Drop Counts…July Is Smart Irrigation Month

water

It’s that time of year again…July is Smart Irrigation Month and, as usual, there are many ways  for businesses and consumers to participate in the campaign.

First launched in 2005, Smart Irrigation Month continues to gain traction each year as consumers and irrigation specialists alike recognize the positive impact efficient irrigation and water use provides to all of us.

Give this a try!

Place a few empty tuna cans around your lawn while you’re watering and measure how long it takes your sprinkler to fill them with a half inch of water. Then, try watering that amount of time twice a week, gauge how your landscape responds, and adjust based on weather conditions. Or simplify by replacing your standard clock timer controller with a WaterSense labeled irrigation controller.

Smart Systems

Among the strategies being presented to consumers, first and foremost is proper programming of automatic watering or sprinkler systems to deliver just the right amount of water at the right time. Additional strategies include:

  • smartProper landscaping, keeping soil healthy, mulching and routine landscape maintenance
  • Investing in an irrigation system that uses the best, most flexible, components, has “smart” controls, and meets code requirements
  • Watering during the evening and early morning to prevent evaporation, taking soil type and sprinkler placement into consideration
  • Maintaining the sprinkler system regularly by adjusting sprinkler heads, repairing leaks and monitoring pressure

WaterSense

According the the EPA’s WaterSense website, adopting water–savvy habits also is essential to maintaining and extending our communities’ water supplies, especially during peak use. WaterSense partners with manufacturers, retailers/distributors, and utilities to bring high-performing, water-efficient products to the marketplace. WaterSense also partners with professional certifying organizations to promote water–efficient landscape irrigation practices. Since the program began in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save a total of 1.5 trillion gallons of water, resulting in more than $32.6 billion in water and energy bill savings.

Smart Ideas

Since July is the peak month for water consumption, the national Smart Irrigation campaign is encouraging industrial firms and professionals to promote smart irrigation practices and technologies, as well.   Here are some of the many  “Smart Ideas” to promote the national campaign that are listed on the Irrigation Association website:

  • SIM_LogoAdd the Smart Irrigation Month logo to your web site, ads, customer presentations, field signs, invoices and more.
  • Submit a press release or letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
  • Ask employees to add the Smart Irrigation Month logo to their e-mail signature block.
  • Hand out Smart Irrigation Month bumper stickers at your next contractor meeting.
  • Host a live demonstration of water-saving irrigation technologies, in the field or at your location.
  • Feature water-efficient products and services in displays, ads, promotions and product demos with the Smart Irrigation Month logo.
  • Use a banner, outside signage or counter sign to encourage customers to ask about how smart irrigation can save water and money.
  • Smart Irrigation Controller RebateMake smart irrigation the theme of sales calls.
  • Stick a Smart Irrigation Month label on every box that goes out the door.
  • Give awards to customers and/or business partners who promote water-efficient practices.
  • Volunteer to speak to a local homeowner association, garden club or civic group.
  • Distribute copies of the Smart Irrigation Month coloring book at a farmers market or county fair.
  • Ask your local radio station to play a public service announcement, promoting July as Smart Irrigation Month.

What are YOU doing to promote Smart Irrigation Month?  Remember…Every Drop Counts!


Sources:

Irrigation Association, http://www.irrigation.org/Resources/SmartIrrigationMonth/SmartIdeas.aspx

EPA WaterSense,  https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/efficient.html

 

 

Help Wanted – Irrigation Installation Foreman Columbus, Ohio Area

Environmental Management LogoEnvironmental Management, Columbus, Ohio
Help Wanted – Experienced Landscape Irrigaiton Installation Foreman

Irrigation Installation Foreman needed for installing and maintaining underground irrigation systems for both residential and commercial clients according to EMI standard operating procedures.

Position requires previous irrigation experience and/or electrical experience.  Foreman works in cooperation with Landscape Design/Sales, Landscape Division Operations Manager, with quality and customer satisfaction as top priority.

Communicates and resolves all issues related to installation to ensure the installation meets the specifications of the design and client.  Able to properly maintain and complete daily paperwork needed to report service activities to customers and EMI administration.  Able and willing to communicate with customer when needed.

Position may require working off hours and weekends to service residential clients.  Must be available to work extended hours, weekends and during inclement weather.

The employee must provide leadership and work direction for Irrigation Crew Laborers.  They are responsible for vehicle operation, equipment operation and adherence to EMI established safety procedures.

Salary based on experience, ranging from $17.00 to $25.00 an hour

For more information on available career opportunities, please call EMI Employee Services at 614.876.9988, or visit us at www.landscapepros.com.


About Environmental Management

Environmental Management Inc. is one of the largest landscape companies in the Columbus, Ohio, and Central Ohio areas. Environmental Management designs, builds and maintains hundreds of attractive, quality outdoor environments for both residential and commercial properties. Their experienced and hardworking professional staff provides the most comprehensive array of landscape services available in today’s marketplace – and they’re dedicated to exceeding expectations, everyday!

Help Wanted – Irrigation/Lighting Foreman in Columbus, Ohio

5494a2767d5216.13490718Are you tired of working for the large company where you are just a number?

Are you looking for a place where your skills will be valued and where you can help grow your career and an entire division?

Do you believe you deserve better?

Hidden Creek Landscaping is currently seeking a motivated individual who has the skills to move into the role of Irrigation/Lighting Foreman to help add the finishing touch to projects. WE WILL TRAIN the right person that fits our culture, so come join our team with a brand new facility, the best equipment, and award winning creative projects that will challenge and excite you each day – We believe you deserve better!

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Working with and supervising 2-4 person crew or work individually (as needed)
  • Irrigation-drainage-lighting-and water feature installation and repair for residential and commercial clients
  • Coordinating with Project Manager to implement Blueprints for new Irrigation systems
  • Communication with clients, contractors, and your team on deadlines and tasks for each day
  • Organization of materials, equipment, and personnel before, during, and after project
  • Detailed Record keeping of Services to be billed using hand held computer software
  • Snow work in winter months

Benefits

  • Year round position – $15.00-$19.00/hour based on experience
  • Snow Bonus compensation
  • Paid Holidays/Vacation
  • Health/Dental Insurance and Retirement IRA plan
  • Company cell phone provided

Qualifications

  • Knowledge or ability to learn and operate equipment such as a Trencher, multi-meter, wire tracer and other applicable installation equipment
  • Reading and implementing Construction Blueprints and AutoCAD Drawings
  • Ability to use mobile phone to input hours and materials each day
  • Valid Driver’s license and ability to drive under company insurance mandatory (No more than 4 Points, no DUI)

Click Here to Apply Online

OR SEND RESUME TO

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Hidden Creek Landscaping Inc. is a design-build company that has been serving the Columbus metropolitan area since 1998. We currently have openings for our landscape installation and landscape management divisions.

To apply, please fill out an application online and call our job hotline at (614) 721-3212.

Ohio Irrigation Association 2016 Election Results

Board of Directors2016 Annual Election Results

The Ohio Irrigation Association is please to announce the election of the following individuals to the Officers and Board of Directors positions for 2016:

Ohio Irrigation Association Officers 2016

 PositionNameCompany PhoneCity/State
JC Wheaton PortraitPresidentJ. C. WheatonCenterville Landscaping(937) 433-5395Centerville, Ohio
Renzo DiFrancoVice PresidentRenzo DiFrancoIrrigation Pro, Inc.(440) 572-6600Columbia Station, Ohio
John Newlin, Secretary, Ohio Irrigation AssociationSecretaryJohn NewlinQuality Sprinkling Systems, Inc.(440) 327-1936North Ridgeville, Ohio
John DolleTreasurerJohn B. DolleRainscapes Irrigation Services(937) 313-6644Springboro, Ohio

Board of Directors 2016

 NameCompany PhoneCity/State
Justin HeilBuckeye/O-Heil Site Solutions(937) 432-9911Dayton, Ohio
Kris KeckleyKris KeckleyRain One Irrigation & Drainage(614) 759-1196Blacklick, Ohio
Scott KnowlesScott KnowlesWolf Creek Company(937) 854-2694
(800) 488-7305 toll-free
Trotwood, Ohio
Dave Matthews PortraitDave MatthewsSimmons Landscape and Irrigation, Inc(419) 868-9766Holland, Ohio
Tim OwenTim OwenSiteOne Landscape Supply(614) 989-3839
(800) 347-4272 toll-free
Columbus, Ohio
(with locations throughout the U.S.)

 

IA Certified Irrigation Contractor Training

Irrigation Association Certified Irrigation Contractor Training

March 8th and 9th, 2016 – 8:00 a.m to 5 p.m.

*Exam – March 10th 8:00 a.m. to noon (seperate registration with the IA is required 14 days in advance. Click here to register for the exam.)

Eventbrite - IA Certified Irrigation Contractor Training

Location

Wolf Creek
6700B Huntly Road
Columbus, Ohio 43229

phone: (614) 985-3070
fax: (614) 985-3099
toll-free: (888) 690-1864


Presented by The Wolf Creek Company and the Ohio Irrigation Association

Certification gives you a competitive edge. Become a certified irrigation contractor and:

  • Add instant credibility with customers and employers.
  • Increase job opportunities.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to efficient water management.
  • Qualify for the EPA WaterSense program.

CIC Overview

  • CICs install, maintain and repair irrigation systems. CICs:
  • Execute irrigation projects to meet all specifications and requirements.
  • Prepare installation sites, including layout, staking, excavation, boring, trenching, grading and back-filling.
  • Cut and join pipe, know the limitations of different piping systems, and understand basic hydraulics.
  • Lay out and install piping and water delivery components; backflow prevention components; mechanical, hydraulic and electrical irrigation controls; and other irrigation system components.
  • Troubleshoot and repair irrigation components and systems.
  • Understand good business practices; construction contracts and their legal rights and obligations; and licensing laws and codes in their state.

Becoming a CIC

To become a CIC, you must:

  • Register for the exam. Minimum requirement: three years of irrigation-related field experience.
  • Pass the irrigation contractor exam. The 3-1/2-hour exam includes 150 equally-weighted, multiple choice questions on irrigation design, irrigation installation, irrigation scheduling, water management and conservation, maintenance and repair, federal laws and codes, and general business management. Candidates have three and a half hours to complete the exam.
  • Comply with the Select Certified Code of Ethics.
  • Remain in good standing. CICs must submit 20 continuing education units per 2-year cycle.

REGISTER for the EXAM Seperately – March 10, 2016 from 8 a.m. to Noon

CLICK HERE to REGISTER FOR THE EXAM

Sponsored by The Wolf Creek Company and the Ohio Irrigation Association


Cost – $150 includes book and lunch (contractors who complete the calss will recieve $100 Wolf Creek Credit)

Eventbrite - IA Certified Irrigation Contractor Training

New Ohio Law Regulates Booster Pumps

A new Ohio law regulates Booster Pumps

Water PumpIn summary, this new law requires the following for booster pumps installed on a water service connection:

  • The booster pump must be equipped with a low pressure cut-off device set to 10psi.
  • The low pressure cut-off device must be tested at least every 12 months.
  • The supplier must maintain electronic or paper records of all booster pumps installed for five years.

This law went into effect October 2015. Here is the complete text of the law:

3745-95-07 Booster pumps.

(A) No person shall install or maintain a water service connection where a booster pump has been installed, unless an approved method is in place and is operational to maintain a minimum suction pressure as prescribed as presented in the following:

(1) For booster pumps not intended to be used for fire supression, no person shall install or maintain a water service connection to any premises where a booster pump has been installed on the service line to or within such premises, unless such booster pump is equipped with a low pressure cut-off desinged to shut-off the booster pump when the pressure in the service line on the suction side of the pump drops to ten pounds per square inch gauge or less.

(2) For booster pumps used for fire suppression, also referred to as fire pumps, installed after August 8, 2008, no person shall install or maintain a water service connection to any premises where a fire pump has been installed on the service line to or within such premises, unless the pump is equpped with one of the following:

(a) A low suction throttling valve which is a pilot-operated valve installed in the discharge piping that maintains positive pressure in the suction piping, while monitoring pressure in the suction piping through a sensing line. The valve must throttle the discharge of the pump when necessary so that suction pressure will not be reduced below ten pounds per square inch gauge while the pump is operating.

(b) A variable speed suction limiting control which is a speed control system used to maintain a minimum positive suction pressure at the pump inlet by reducing the pump driver speed while monitoring pressure in the suction piping through a sensing line. It will be set so that the suction pressure will not be reduced below ten pounds per square inch gauge while the pump is operating.

(3) For booster pumps used for fire supression, also referred to as fire pumps, installed prior to August 8, 2008, which are equipped with a low pressure cut-off as defined in paragraph (A)(1) of this rule, are not required to modify the installation solely for the purpose of meeting the new methods accepted after this date, under paragraph (B)(1) of this rule.

(B) It shall be the duty of the water consumer to maintain the low pressure cut-off device, the low suction throttling valve, or the variable speed suction limiting control in proper working order and to certify to the supplier of water, at least once every twelve months that the minimum suction pressure sustaining method is operable and maintained in continuous operation.

(C) The supplier of water must maintain electronic or paper records of inventory of booster pump installations. Electronic or paper records certifying operation must be retained for a period of five years.

(D) The provisions of this rule shall be followed notwithstanding inconsistent provisions in the Great Lakes-Upper Mississippi river board of state and provincial public health and environmental manangers’ or “Recommended Standards for Water Works” (2012).Recommended Standards for Water Works (2012)

[Comment: “Recommended Standards for Water Works” 2012 edition. Copies are available from “Ohio EPA, Lazarus Government Center, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 644-2752” or online at http://10statesstandards.com or www.epa.ohio.gov/ddagw.]

Replaces: 3745-95-07

Effective: 10/26/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 10/26/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 6109.04
Rule Amplifies: 6109.046109.13
Prior Effective Dates: 07/01/72, 11/26/80, 05/01/03, 08/08/08

Trends and Opportunities to Grow Together

Current Economic Trends

The economic recovery is in full swing. 2015 was an excellent year for the landscape industry, and total industry sales predictions are even better for 2016.

Profitability is up, home starts are up, and the home improvement market is forecasting accelerated growth throughout the year.

Unemployment is below 5% and there is pressure to increase minimum wage. In turn, this will put pressure to increase a wide-span of wages, even those wages above the minimum wage.

With a growing economy and high levels of employment, it will be challenging to find qualified labor. Aggressive recruiting and training will help compensate for the increasingly tight job market.

Trends and Opportunities to Grow Together for the Ohio Irrigation Association

What’ up with the Frog?

Frog If a frog, a cold-blooded animal, is placed in a pan of hot water, it will immediately jump out. However, if a frog is placed in a pan of cold water and then the water is heated up, the frog will stay there until it boils to death.
It is important not to get too complacent about our business.

29 States Have Raised the Minimum Wage

The media has widely reported the widening disparity between the wealthy, the top 1%, and the rest of us. The reaction from many state legislatures is to raise the minimum wage. From watching the media, the new baseline minimum wage appears to be $15 per hour. This is not true.

The minimum wage is being increased over a period of several years. The widely reported minimum wage of $15 per hour will not become effective for several years. However, to the general public, $15 per hour is the wage rate widely reported and perceived to be the new baseline.

This will have the effect of other employees asking for higher wages. Going from $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour is over a 100% wage rate increase. Most, if not all, businesses cannot afford to double wages, but the pressure will be on increasing wages across the board. This, coupled with the low unemployment rate, will force employers to be aggressive in hiring, resulting in reduced profitability. Price increases are almost inevitable. We could see a return to the wage-price spiral the U.S. economy experienced in the 1970s.

Home Prices Are Up and Mortgage Rates Are Up

Consumer spending is strong, fuel prices are low, and the auto industry has had an excellent year. The automotive industry does not expect to sell as many cars in 2016 as they did in 2015 because those who delayed major purchases during the recession have now caught up. In 2016, consumers will be spending more money on luxury items and less on capital necessities.

 

It’s All about People and It’s All about Innovation

Be Different

Be REALLY Different

“When everybody zigs, zag,” says Marty Neumaier in his book Zag: The Number One Strategy of High-Performance Brands. Mr. Neumeier argues that in an extremely cluttered marketplace, traditional differentiation is no longer enough—today companies need “radical differentiation” to create lasting value for their shareholders and customers.

Some Ideas from Landscape Contractors

Make your Living Room Jealous

Make Your Living Room Jealous

Get a Life

Get A Life

 

Be Emotional

Developing original stories helps to create a compelling and memorable marketing campaign. A well written story will outsell any “features and benefit” promotion. Why? Because it creates an emotional attachment to the outcome in the mind of the consumer. So show some emotion.

Build an Audience

Many companies build excellent stories and fall short in developing an audience. If you have the best stories in the world but never publish them, who cares? Who will ever know about your story? And everyone has a story.

In today’s marketplace, it becomes increasingly more difficult to differentiate you and your company. However, on the upside, with the internet and digital marketing, any company can differentiate themselves and, if they are innovative, they can attract an audience. However, don’t underestimate the amount of work it takes to develop a well written, emotionally appealing story and attract an audience.

Those who put in the work will win the hearts and wallets of today’s consumers.

Be Different

Be REALLY Different

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

Ohio Irrigation Association Annual Meeting at the CENTS Show – Monday January 11

You are Invited to the Ohio Irrigation Association’s Annual Meeting

CENTS Show 2016 Annual Meeting LogoThe meeting, held in conjunction with the CENTS Show, will be followed by a FREE Reception at Barley’s Brew House.

Ohio Irrigation Association Annual Meeting

When: Monday, January 11th

Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
(reception following at Barley’s Brew House)

Where: The Greater Columbus Convention Center

Reception – Free Beer, Wine, and Food

Join Ohio Irrigation Contractors

Draft Beer

When: Monday, January 11th

Time: 6:30 pm to whenever

Door Prizes Courtesy Hunter , Rain Bird & Toro)

Where:

Barley’s Brew House

467 North High Street

Columbus, Ohio

(Across the street from the Convention Center)

Don’t miss out of the best party of the year. Mingle with old friends, vendors, and manufacturer’s representatives. Hunter, Rain Bird, and Toro personnel will be there as well as the Board of Directors for the Ohio Irrigation Association.

Find out how others fared through 2013. Learn about new products and old tricks. We will have companies from all over the state of Ohio.

Get the latest news and views from experts.