Using Water Efficiently
Anita Matlock, Area Specification Manager
“All the water that will ever be,
is right now.”
-National Geographic
The Intelligent Use of Water™
• At Rain Bird, we believe it is our responsibility to develop products
and technologies tha...
Sample of Rain Bird Water
Efficient Products
SMRT-Y ESP-SMTe XFV
RVAN HE-Van 1800 PRS5000 PRS
WR2 ESP-ET/Central
TSJ-PRS
The need to conserve water
has never been greater. We
want to do even more, and with
your help, we can.
Profiting
From
Water Conservation
Peter Estournes
Gardenworks Inc
State Officials/Politicians:
Focused on Water Conservation
• 20% or more State’s Energy Connected to Water
• SB7x7 – Urban...
California Governor’s Input
• Increase Efficiency of Water Use
• Cut Waste
• Increase Recycling
• Fully Implement SB7x7
• ...
New Norm- Best Management Practices
Areas of Emphasis
10
• Increasing qualifications of and
proficiency of landscape
profe...
This Affects Our Industry . . .
• Water Conservation is Here to Stay
• Urban Water Use is an Easy Political Target
• Will ...
Water Management Certification -
An Economic Opportunity
• Differentiation in Marketplace
• Professionalism via Performanc...
Market Differentiation
• Began Serious Water Management in 2006
• Set Goal of Being THE Water Conservation Experts
• Adopt...
Design Division
• Educate Clients of Importance of “Low Impact”
• Process of Efficient Use of Resources Throughout
Project...
Installation Division
• Soil Testing as Needed
• All Irrigation Install Reviewed by Water Manager
• Extra Valve Wires, Rem...
Maintenance Division
• Now Called Management Division
• Crews Read Water Meters Each Visit
• Crews Adjust All Controllers ...
Office/Management
• Meter Readings Entered Daily – Look for Anomalies
• Water Managers Enter End of Month Readings into Wa...
Results After 6 Year Efforts
• 6 Water Managers, 8 Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certified
• 4 Expert Level Water M...
Training Employees Critical for Success
• Training Challenge – Jim Palluch
• Regular Scheduled Training and Testing – CLCA...
2036 - COFFEELANE Previous Meter Current Meter GAL % of Budget
1/6/10 2857600 2858300 700 n/a
1/13/10 2858300 2859030 730 ...
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Career Path Evaluation
Job Descriptions
Client Information Sheet
Water
Conservation
Examples
An Economic Opportunity for Landscapers
The California Landscape Contractors
Your new job: water management adviser
Your new job: water management adviser
Your new job: water management adviser
Your new job: water management adviser
Your new job: water management adviser
Your new job: water management adviser
Your new job: water management adviser
Your new job: water management adviser
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Peter Estournes, principal at Gardenworks in Northern California, explains how he's improved the profitability of his company by positioning himself and his technicians as water management advisers.

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Your new job: water management adviser

  1. 1. Using Water Efficiently Anita Matlock, Area Specification Manager
  2. 2. “All the water that will ever be, is right now.” -National Geographic
  3. 3. The Intelligent Use of Water™ • At Rain Bird, we believe it is our responsibility to develop products and technologies that use water efficiently. • Our commitment also extends to education, training and services for our industry and our communities. • From water-saving nozzles to sprays with pressure-regulating stems to leading-edge Smart Control Technology, Rain Bird products make the most of every drop, delivering superior results with less water. Keeping the world and your landscapes beautiful. That’s The Intelligent Use of Water.™
  4. 4. Sample of Rain Bird Water Efficient Products SMRT-Y ESP-SMTe XFV RVAN HE-Van 1800 PRS5000 PRS WR2 ESP-ET/Central TSJ-PRS
  5. 5. The need to conserve water has never been greater. We want to do even more, and with your help, we can.
  6. 6. Profiting From Water Conservation Peter Estournes Gardenworks Inc
  7. 7. State Officials/Politicians: Focused on Water Conservation • 20% or more State’s Energy Connected to Water • SB7x7 – Urban Water Use Reduction of 20% by 2020 • Save Our Water Statewide PR Campaign
  8. 8. California Governor’s Input • Increase Efficiency of Water Use • Cut Waste • Increase Recycling • Fully Implement SB7x7 • Support Incentives for Efficiency and Recycling
  9. 9. New Norm- Best Management Practices Areas of Emphasis 10 • Increasing qualifications of and proficiency of landscape professionals • Innovative measurement and evaluation techniques • Comprehensive site management • Water-soil-plant relationships • Greater reliance on alternate supplies
  10. 10. This Affects Our Industry . . . • Water Conservation is Here to Stay • Urban Water Use is an Easy Political Target • Will Make a Difference in the Market Place • Certification = Validation • If Not Us - Then Who?
  11. 11. Water Management Certification - An Economic Opportunity • Differentiation in Marketplace • Professionalism via Performance • Advantage in the Green Economy • Changing Business Models
  12. 12. Market Differentiation • Began Serious Water Management in 2006 • Set Goal of Being THE Water Conservation Experts • Adopted a Conservation Culture • All Departments Included – Design, Installation, Maintenance, Office • Use Landscape Water Budgets
  13. 13. Design Division • Educate Clients of Importance of “Low Impact” • Process of Efficient Use of Resources Throughout Project Explained to Clients • All Projects Run Through MAWA Calculations/water budgets • Irrigation System Design Based Upon Optimum Efficiency • Sub Water Meters, Hunter SolarSync, Rain Sensors, Shut Off Valves Standard on Projects
  14. 14. Installation Division • Soil Testing as Needed • All Irrigation Install Reviewed by Water Manager • Extra Valve Wires, Remote Installed, Valves Labeled • Recycling of Pipe Scraps, Mat’l Only Purchased for Project • Client Binder – Incl. As Built, Mat’ls Used and Where purchased, Irr. Zone Map, Start up Program and Established Program based on MAWA, Manuals • Employees Carpool to Job Site – 4 Day Work Week
  15. 15. Maintenance Division • Now Called Management Division • Crews Read Water Meters Each Visit • Crews Adjust All Controllers Monthly or as Needed as Per Water Manager Instructions • Trained in Weather based Controllers • Crews Review Irrig. System Function Monthly • IPM, Recycling Green Waste, Organic Fertilizers • Weekly Training incl. Horticultural Training • 4 Day Work Week
  16. 16. Office/Management • Meter Readings Entered Daily – Look for Anomalies • Water Managers Enter End of Month Readings into Water Management Certification Program (WMCP) • Monthly and YTD Use Reports From WMCP Reviewed With Staff and Crews – Some Sent to Clients and SCWA, SWRCB, City of Cloverdale • 4 Expert Managers (Water Use Below 80% of Budget) – probably 5 for 2014 • Landscape Management Proposals Highlight Water Budgeting Approach • Regular Project Walk-Throughs Checking Hort., Controller Program, Water Meter Readings
  17. 17. Results After 6 Year Efforts • 6 Water Managers, 8 Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certified • 4 Expert Level Water Managers • 45 Sites in WMCP Reporting Data for Our Use @ Overall 71% of Budget • Regular Public Speaking Opportunities • Direct Referrals From the Town of Windsor • 4 EPA WaterSense Partners • Finding Problems Much Faster – Not Just With Irrigation • Customer Loyalty and Appreciation • 45% Gross Profit Margin – Water Related Work • Built Water Wise Wine Country Garden – Open to Public
  18. 18. Training Employees Critical for Success • Training Challenge – Jim Palluch • Regular Scheduled Training and Testing – CLCA’s Training Tool Box, Company Culture, Field Based • Job Descriptions and Career Path for Advancement • Regular Testing – weighted in Evaluations • Employee Evaluations based on Career Path • QWEL , WMCPP, CLT Certification Offered and Expected
  19. 19. 2036 - COFFEELANE Previous Meter Current Meter GAL % of Budget 1/6/10 2857600 2858300 700 n/a 1/13/10 2858300 2859030 730 n/a 2859030 0 n/a 0 0 n/a 0 0 n/a Water Meter PhotosCofee Lane H2O Meter - 011210.jpgTotal Monthly Usage 1430 Monthly Budget n/a 2041 - BROWN Previous Meter Current Meter % of Budget 1/6/10 9419490 9425270 5780 n/a 9425270 0 n/a 0 0 n/a 0 0 n/a 0 0 n/a Total Monthly Usage 5780 Monthly Budget n/a 2043 - DOYLE Previous Meter Current Meter GAL % of Budget 1/6/10 877000 884000 7000 72.81% 1/13/10 884000 897500 13500 140.43% 1/19/10 897500 897620 120 1.25% 897620 0 0.00% 0 0 0.00% Total Monthly Usage 20620 Monthly Budget 9613.59 214% H2O Meter Reading Spread Sheet
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  22. 22. Career Path Evaluation
  23. 23. Job Descriptions
  24. 24. Client Information Sheet
  25. 25. Water Conservation Examples An Economic Opportunity for Landscapers The California Landscape Contractors
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