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SRP's 9th annual Water Conservation Expo

The 9th Annual Water Conservation Expo was held March 5, 2016 and was attended by more than 800 people. The next expo will be held March 4, 2017.

The expo has grown each year to become the largest one-day distribution of Rain Bird smart irrigation controllers in the nation. In eight years, approximately 4,000 smart controllers have been distributed at the event. That translates into an approximate water savings of about 330 million gallons based on the average household water use of 12,000 gallons per month before installation.

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.

Both the Rain Bird ESP-SMTe 4-station smart irrigation controller and the 3-station expansion modules were available for a discounted price to the first 800 SRP customers who registered for and attended the expo. Attendees also received a water-saving Niagara showerhead while supplies lasted.


The expo typically features two classes:

  • Smart Irrigation Controller: This 50-minute class will teach you about the ESP-SMTe, which promotes water efficiency by using historical weather data along with onsite rainfall and temperature information to determine daily watering run times.
  • Plant Care and Maintenance for Xeriscapes: What's the proper plant care that will keep your landscape beautiful, and looking its best throughout the year? Learn how to achieve success with proper watering, pruning, fertilizing, planting, tree staking and more. The bonus? You'll save time and water while creating a sustainable landscape that will attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

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