Rain Bird Addresses Water Conservation at Second Annual Intelligent Use of Water Summit

The nation’s leading environmental and water conservation experts met recently to further examine landscape irrigation conservation initiatives and strategies at the second annual Intelligent Use of Water Summit, hosted by Rain Bird Corporation. Held in Pasadena, Calif., the symposium panel focused on the relationship between water conservation and landscape water use, water conservation policies and legislation, and potential programs and initiatives to bring greater awareness to the need for water conservation.

The panel consisted of panelists with water conservation expertise in a variety of areas, including academia, public and private water agencies and municipalities, media, government, landscape architecture and agriculture.

“With global water experts predicting that the conflicts of the future will be fought over water, it is essential that world leaders, environmental experts and the general public be aware of the need to conserve water,” said Rain Bird Corporate marketing brand manager Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd. “This water conservation forum is a prime example of how Rain Bird’s focus on water conservation extends beyond products and services into actions that motivate our industry partners and the public-at-large to use water in the most efficient manner possible."

Taking place after the recent release of a United Nations report predicting an eminent and devastating global water shortage by the year 2025, the Summit provided a venue for panelists to encourage civic and business leaders to promote the need for water conservation. Panelists urged these leaders to not only abide by current water conservation policies but also impose stricter water regulation policies on their own organizations to increase awareness of the need to conserve.

The two-hour event was moderated by veteran business consultant Kevin Kehoe and concluded with an open session where over 100 audience members were able to direct questions to the panel members.

The panelists included:

  • Eric Klotz, water conservation and education section chief, Utah Division of Water Resources
  • Stuart Styles, director, Irrigation Training and Research Center
  • Robert Glennon, professor, University of Arizona, Rogers College of Law
  • David Minner, professor, Iowa State University
  • John Neylan, manager, AGCSA Tech, Australian Golf Course Superintendent Association
  • Mark Welterlen, publisher, Grounds Maintenance magazine
  • Tim Blair, program manager, Water Use Efficiency, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Each panelist’s written submission is available for download in PDF format at www.rainbird.com.

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