SRP's 10th annual Water Conservation Expo
The 10th Annual Water Conservation Expo was held March 4, 2017 and attended by approximately 1,000 people. Attendees had the opportunity to purchase a Rain Bird ESP-SMTe smart irrigation controller
at a discounted price, attended classes and learned from exhibitors.
Next year's expo is already being planned and currently schedule for March 3, 2018. The expo is the largest one-day distribution of Rain Bird smart irrigation controllers in the nation. Approximately
4,500 smart controllers have been distributed over the past nine years, which translates into an approximate water savings of about 422 million gallons. This is based on the average household water use
of 12,000 gallons per month before installation of a smart controller.
Up to 70% of residential water use is outdoors. Installed, programmed correctly and maintained, these state-of-the-art EPA WaterSense-labeled controllers can deliver water savings of at least 20% more
than traditional controllers.
SRP mascots Dewey and Watson welcomed guests to the Expo on March 3, 2017.
James Walter, SRP staff scientist/meteorologist, helps a young attendee try out snow-shoes, which Walter uses when measuring snow-pack.
Dave the Organic Garden Guy teaching customers about xeriscaping.
The Expo featured 43 exhibitors for attendees to interact with.
At one of the displays, customers could learn about the most common leaks that occur around the home.
Customers picking up their new smart irrigation controllers from Ewing representatives.
Customers learning about master gardener programs.
SRP employee Lee Ester explaining water measurement techniques, including flowtography.
The Watershed Management Group providing information to customers about rainwater harvesting.
Maggie Branham, who works in water transmission, shows customers the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system SRP uses to operate the canals.
Customers learning about vertical gardening and how it can conserve water.
Charlie Ester, manger of surface water resources, demonstrates how SRP uses weather balloons as part of water and power resource management.
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