SRP's 7th Annual Water Conservation Expo

Visit SRP's 7th Annual Water Conservation Expo and get a four-station Rain Bird ESP-SMTe for the purchase price of $50 plus tax*. Additional three-station expansion modules are available for the discounted price of $15 each plus tax* (limit three per household). Each Rain Bird ESP-SMTe can accept six expansion modules for a maximum of 22 stations per controller.

Due to the overwhelming response, the rebate vouchers have been allocated and all classes have been filled. You are still invited to attend the expo and learn about water conservation.

Where: PERA Club, 1 E. Continental Drive, Tempe (Get directions)
When: Saturday, March 8, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Smart irrigation

Smart irrigation controllers like the Rain Bird ESP-SMTe controller 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.

The free, 40-minute class on learning what a smart controller does in comparison to a traditional controller will also be onsite at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon in the PERA Clubhouse (bottom floor). Participation is limited to 200 per class.

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.

Instructor Donna DiFrancesco, a water conservation specialist with the City of Mesa, will teach attendees about xeriscape, low-water-use plants, water conservation and sustainability.

The free, 40-minute course will be offered at 9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. in the PERA Clubhouse (top floor). Participation is limited to 150 per class.

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.

* Participant is responsible for sales tax on the Ewing discounted price ($135 for controller; $25 for module).