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  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Paesanos Lincoln Heights, 555 E. Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78209
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LUNCHEON: SMART IRRIGATION
TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2018

Paesanos Lincoln Heights
555 E. Basse Road, San Antonio 78209

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

About this Event
Traditional irrigation system controllers are really just timers. They turn the water on and off when they are told, regardless of weather conditions. Traditional irrigation controllers may apply too much water when conditions are cloudy and cool and not enough when it is hot and windy.

Learn about how smart irrigation controllers monitor and use information about environmental conditions for a specific location and landscape. Smart irrigation controllers are much more efficient than traditional, timer-based controllers and can greatly reduce water applied to outdoor landscapes. Speaker Karen Guz, Conservation Director with the San Antonio Water System will provide more information on this system.

About Karen Guz
Karen leads a San Antonio conservation team that saves over one billion gallons of water each year through education, incentives and reasonable regulation. SAWS conservation programs are constantly improving; using data, customer input and new technology to increase water savings and customer satisfaction.

The SAWS conservation team currently has four scientifically designed pilot projects in progress. The talk with USGBC will highlight one of these pilot efforts testing how well a new irrigation controller technology modified for San Antonio needs works to improve efficiency and customer engagement.

Outside of SAWS Karen serves on several state and national committees. She is currently the Presiding Officer and Municipal Representative on the TWDB Water Conservation Advisory Council. Karen has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

About Jacob Aalfs
Jacob Aalfs, landscape architect, is scheduled for a 20 minute presentation of
a general overview of SARA's Stormwater Unit integrative program, then briefly highlight the LID regulatory component of the RIOs, and conclude with an overview of the Rebate and School Grant programs.
SARA will present on the RIO districts where there is a small area of mandatory LID and other collaboration components, why, and how the mandate relates to the voluntary LID standards set forth in the UDC. They will also provide information on their rebate programs, the education and training that they offer, and other services associated with LID. 

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