Next Water Conservation Expo coming in March 2015

Together We Conserve

The next SRP Water Conservation Expo is tentatively scheduled for March 2015.

More than 700 people attended the seventh annual SRP Water Conservation Expo, held on March 8, 2014. The expo is held at PERA Club, 1 E. Continental Drive, Tempe.

The smart irrigation controller instant rebate has expired. Details about discount offers and classes for the next expo will be posted to this page when they become available in early 2015.

Highlights from the most recent expo included classes about smart irrigation controller programming and xeriscape (low-water-use landscaping) and booths featuring a variety of water-saving ideas and devices. Details are below.

Smart irrigation

SRP's annual expo traditionally features a sharp discount on smart irrigation controllers, such as the Rain Bird ESP-SMTe.

Smart irrigation such as these promote water efficiency by using historical weather data, along with onsite rainfall and temperature information to determine daily watering run times. Soil condition, plant type, shade factor and slope are also considered.

Set up is simple and Rain Bird provides an in-depth online tutorial on how to program the device. You can also read answers to FAQs.

Xeriscape education

Xeriscape refers to seven principles which help ensure that landscapes are water efficient. Implementing these principles can create beautiful and healthy landscapes while saving water.

In 2014, instructor Donna DiFrancesco, a water conservation specialist with the City of Mesa, taught attendees about xeriscape, low-water-use plants, water conservation and sustainability.

SRP's landscaping tool offers ideas about how to create beautiful low-water-use outdoor environments.

Exhibits

Expo exhibits provide information about water supplies, energy efficiency, water safety and water conservation. Previous exhibits have included:

  • An SRP zanjeros display of carts, tires and other debris removed from the canal system during the annual canal dry-ups.
  • Quagga mussel and white amur displays.
  • The Niagara Stealth Toilet, a super quiet, EPA WaterSense-labeled toilet that uses only 0.8 gallons of water per flush.

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