PALM BEACH – The first Smart Irrigation Workshop was held at the Civic Association in the Paramount Building on Monday, September 28.   There was standing-room only with over 40 attendees to hear:

• Mike Brown, Communications Director, Palm Beach Civic Association
• Jesus Rodriquez, Water Conservation Officer, South Florida Water Management District
• Paul Brazil, Director of the Town of Palm Beach Public Works Department
Representatives from four Smart Irrigation/ Controller vendors:
- Alan Scott, Hunter Industries
- Rob Neel, Rain Bird
- Steve Surgeont, Toro
- Pat Reynolds, WeatherTRAK

Condo presidents, commercial property owners, Town residents, property managers, and Town irrigation companies, representing their clients, attended.

A front-page story and video were published by the Palm Beach Daily News today.

The vendors pointed out the best solution to save the maximum amount of water is a system-wide analysis and implementation.  But they also presented that just by changing sprinkler heads to the more efficient new technology nozzles and using an accurately programmed smart controller, that savings would be significant: 30% - 60% or more.

Their presentations can be found at our webstie: www.PalmBeachCivic.org/Water

Paul Brazil encouraged property owners to signup for the Pilot program which is an analysis of before and after water bills so we can measure the results by using Smart Irrigation technology.

Jesus Rodriguez talked about the need for towns to implement Smart Irrigation and water conservation programs because it’s cheaper than paying for more and new infrastructure to get more water.

With both water supplies and budget dollars significantly stressed, community leaders and property owners are turning to Smart Irrigation, the "low-hanging fruit" green initiative that:

• Pays for itself
• Conserves water and energy
• Promotes healthy landscapes
• Will reduce the need for a new estimated $160 million dedicated water plant for the Town of Palm Beach – thus lowering the need for a major tax assessment for this capital expense

The Civic Association in the Town of Palm Beach has announced a public awareness and education campaign including Smart Irrigation Workshops, email blasts, direct mail, civic group presentations around town, and a property owner telephone call program to implement smart controllers and irrigation in the Town.

“We certainly have a lot of momentum in the early part of the campaign,” said Ned Barnes, president of the Palm Beach Civic Association.  “We’re looking forward to property owners implementing what they have learned so we can save water.”

Space is still available for future workshops. To make a reservation call: 561-655-0820.

WORKSHOP DATES

- Thursday, October 22, 2009 | 10:00 am
- Thursday, November 19, 2009 | 10:00 am

Everyone Welcome!

Location: Palm Beach Civic Association Community Room
139 N. County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480

Limited Seating. Sign Up Today!

Call the Civic Association to make a reservation: 561-655-0820

To find out more about Smart Irrigation in the Town of Palm Beach, see the new website:
www.PalmBeachCivic.org/Water

About the Palm Beach Civic Association

Palm Beach is known throughout the world for its exquisite beauty and elegance. The Palm Beach Civic Association is dedicated to ensuring the town retains that special quality of life. Founded in 1944, the Palm Beach Civic Association provides timely news, publications, bulletins, and updates; stimulating forums, receptions, and community-wide events; and meetings with elected officials, consultants, and town staff.  The Palm Beach Civic Association plays an important role in preserving and enhancing this exceptional island community.
www.palmbeachcivic.org

Contact
Mike Brown
Communications Director
Palm Beach Civic Association
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139 N. County Rd. Suite 33
Palm Beach, FL 33480
561-655-0820