Smart water management saves school district $111K in 6 months

CAMPBELL, CA, March 9, 2010 -- California's Campbell Union School District saved 36 million gallons of water in 2009, returning $111,000 in savings to the district's bottom line...

CAMPBELL, CA, March 9, 2010 -- HydroPoint Data Systems Inc. (www.hydropoint.com) announced today that its customer Campbell Union School District of Campbell, CA saved 36 million gallons of water in 2009, returning $111,000 in savings to the district's bottom line. Campbell Union achieved these savings by replacing antiquated irrigation timers with HydroPoint's WeatherTRAK® Smart Water Management systems across its 12 campuses. Cost savings achieved with the WeatherTRAK solution provide a lifeline to school programs threatened by widespread education spending cuts.

Campbell Union, a school district with a reputation for responsible fiscal management, identified water use efficiency technology as a means to reduce costs and maximize staff productivity. In 2008, the district requested a water use audit from the Santa Clara Valley Water District to identify opportunities for water savings. The water district recommended several technologies, including faucet aerators and ultra-low-flow toilets, and revealed that smart irrigation controllers would provide the greatest water and cost savings. Based on these findings, the school district decided to address landscapes first.

With assistance from the HydroPoint Professional Services team, Campbell Union installed 45 WeatherTRAK smart controllers on 12 campuses spanning 100 acres of turf. The district's WeatherTRAK smart controllers eliminate landscape water waste by adjusting irrigation schedules automatically based on changing plant needs and local weather conditions. Plants receive only the water they need, when they need it.

The district's implementation includes Internet-enabled WeatherTRAK systems, which deliver remote management and advanced reporting capabilities, providing complete control over outdoor water use. More feature-rich and intuitive than first-generation central-control products, the wireless WeatherTRAK solution eliminates the need for customers to purchase and maintain costly weather stations, dedicated computer equipment, proprietary software, FCC licenses, telephone lines, wireless transmitters, repeaters and receivers. When field issues arise, such as a disconnected sprinkler valve, the team is immediately alerted via text messages.

"No water use efficiency technology offers better bang for the buck than WeatherTRAK," said Campbell Union's Director of Facilities Maintenance David Radke. He explained, "We saw savings right from the start with our first water bill and achieved break-even on our investment in just eight months."

"Programs like Campbell Union's yield positive tangible results for the entire community," said Sharon Thompson, vice president of marketing, HydroPoint. "Their win-win water use efficiency solution directly transfers taxpayer dollars from wasteful landscape water use to classroom resources," added Ms. Thompson.

Key benefits of the WeatherTRAK solution for Campbell Union School District:

• Reduces landscape water use by nearly 40 percent
• Protects local ecosystems from runoff
• Improves athletic field conditions
• Maximizes facilities maintenance staff productivity
• Provides positive example of water stewardship
• Off-sets costs of other critical programs

A complimentary on-demand webcast featuring Campbell Union School District's program will be available on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Register online: www.hydropoint.com/webcast

About Campbell Union School District
Campbell Union School District is known as "The Destination District." From preschool to eighth grade, Campbell Union School District's teachers focus on high academic standards and achievement for every student. More than 7,300 students attend the district's 12 exceptional schools, which serve the communities of Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Saratoga. The district's resources, including facilities and fields, benefit a wide variety of community, sports and recreation organizations. Every one of Campbell Union's students and schools will meet or exceed State Standards.

About HydroPoint Data Systems Inc.
HydroPoint, founded in 2002, is the market and technology leader in Smart Water Management. The company's WeatherTRAK solution uniquely delivers a multitude of financial and environmental benefits by revolutionizing management of the area of greatest waste in urban water use: landscape irrigation. Proven in 23 independent studies, including the vanguard pollution runoff study led by the EPA, the WeatherTRAK solution saves water, reduces energy demand and protects water quality while it minimizes liability and expense exposure. In 2009 alone, WeatherTRAK subscribers saved 11.3 billion gallons of water, 45 million kilowatt hours and 60 million pounds of CO2. Facing water rates ranging from $2 to $6 per 1,000 gallons and additional related expenses due to overwatering damages ranging from $500 to $10,000 per site, leading companies across the U.S. have identified WeatherTRAK as the green initiative with the fastest payback. Headquartered in Petaluma, Calif., HydroPoint is privately owned and operated. For more information, visit www.hydropoint.com.

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