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CASE STUDY: Mind Over Water

Last November, an affluent six-acre gated community received a notification that their water bill would increase by 10 percent every year for the next five years. Located within the lush hills of Thousand Oaks, California, the Trentwood Canyon Homeowners Association realized their annual water bill of $70,000 would double over that period of time.   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 Igin Staff

Irrigation Controllers: The Old... The New and... The Future

There is an old saying, “In order to know where you’re going, you need to know where you came from.” When it comes to the future of irrigation, it is important to know a bit of history in order to establish where we are today, to see where we’re heading.    More
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 ROBIN WESTMILLER

Case Study: The Hermit Crab

Patrick Crais is the owner of Blue Watch Dog Systems, a San Diego-based water conservation company. Blue Watch Dog works in conjunction with landscape companies, and commercial property owners, to manage water use for residential and commercial sites. “We help solve their customers’ water use problems,” said Crais.    More
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Take Control with Smart Controllers

When they first came on the market, conventional landscape irrigation controllers were a marvelous innovation. Automated watering meant you could set the controller and plants would have plenty of water when they needed it ...and even when they didn't. Enter the Smart Controller.    More
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Getting Smart with Smart Water Controllers

It wasn’t so very long ago that the water situation in many states had reached crisis proportions, resulting in the implementation of some of the toughest watering restrictions that had ever been seen.    More
Friday, August 14, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

2Wire: Getting More for Less

IN 1966, A PROFESSIONAL plant pathologist named Walter Cordua created a brand new type of irrigation system for farmers to use to better water their crops.   More
Friday, May 15, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

Central Control Systems

It was only a few decades ago that central control systems were expensive and unnervingly complicated.    More
Monday, November 17, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

Case Study: 2-Wire Systems

THE BASEBALL FIELD AT ROCKFORD High School in Rockford, Minnesota, had been a wasteland for years. The ground was cracked and dry, the surrounding area was practically devoid of grass, and what little grass existed was as shriveled as old husk.   More
Monday, September 1, 2008

With just a click . . .

Of all industries, the green industry used to seem the least likely to be swamped by the trend towards mass high tech. And yet with the increasing adoption of smart irrigation controllers, computerized routing schedules, remote-controlled mowers and computerized timekeeping services, to name only a few, the green industry is moving irreversibly into higher tech pastures.    More
Monday, August 18, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Battery Powered Profits

"An up-to-date contractor has to have battery-operated controllers in his arsenal,” says Randy Symonds, electronic product manager for Peoria, Illinois-based L.R. Nelson.    More
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 Tracy Powell