Solano County Water Agency implements smart water management program

HydroPoint, providers of WeatherTRAK solutions, announced that Solano County Water Agency (SCWA) is subsidizing the cost of its smart water management network for local companies in a program designed to stretch water resources across its service areas, Solano County and parts of Yolo County. Lowe's Home Improvement, Phillips Edison, Weingarten Realty Investors, Westfield Solano and other businesses are participating in SCWA's program, which is projected to reduce landscape water use...

• Lowe's, Westfield Solano and other leading businesses to save 30 million gallons of water and 45,000 kWh of power in 2008

PETALUMA, CA, Dec. 11, 2007 -- HydroPoint, providers of WeatherTRAK solutions, today announced that Solano County Water Agency (SCWA) is subsidizing the cost of its smart water management network for local companies in a program designed to stretch water resources across its service areas, Solano County and parts of Yolo County. Lowe's Home Improvement, Phillips Edison, Weingarten Realty Investors, Westfield Solano and other businesses are participating in SCWA's program, which is projected to reduce landscape water use by an estimated 30 million gallons of water and conserve 45,000 kWh of power annually.

SCWA identified smart water management as a key objective because of the powerful "green multiplier effect" it delivers. Landscapes, which receive 58 percent of urban water (more than all indoor appliances combined), are typically overwatered by 30 to 300 percent. Excess water drains off overwatered landscapes, contributing to the urban runoff that compromises local water supplies. Further, water waste correlates directly to energy waste, and to the unnecessary consumption of fossil fuels. 1,500 kWh of power are expended with every one million gallons of water, according to EPA estimates.

"We sought the biggest bang for public funds, and that's why we're targeting landscapes -- which use the lion's share of urban water -- with a solution proven to conserve four times more water than any other technology," said David Okita, general manager, SCWA. Mr. Okita added, "Achieving smart water management with the WeatherTRAK solution is a green program with staying power because it provides a host of environmental benefits as well as a boon to businesses which see their operating costs reduced."

Through the program, SCWA contributes up to 80 percent of the cost of the smart water management network, which adjusts irrigation water output automatically based on daily, local weather conditions and landscape characteristics. SCWA selected the WeatherTRAK network because it is proven in public agency studies to eliminate 95 percent of water waste and to reduce runoff pollution by 71 percent.

"We're very pleased to participate in SCWA's innovative program," said Monty Stephens, general manager for Westfield Solano. "Westfield Solano is a high-profile destination for everyone in the community, so we're able to raise awareness of WeatherTRAK smart water management, and to serve as a role model for our retailers, customers and other businesses. We're demonstrating that by watering landscapes intelligently we can avoid costly and unsightly runoff-related property damage, reduce water bills and improve plant health for enhanced curb appeal," added Mr. Stephens.

"Programs like SCWA's yield positive and tangible results. They alleviate our water shortage and render expensive, taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects unnecessary while they provide a positive example of how going green with a proven solution yields both environmental and financial benefits," said Tom Ash, director of conservation, HydroPoint. "Our track record of successes in enabling communities from Petaluma and Solano County to Newport Beach and Santa Barbara to meet their water supply and water quality objectives makes clear that everyone can benefit from joining the WeatherTRAK smart water management network."

Formed in 1951, the Solano County Water Agency (SCWA) provides water supply and flood control services for cities and irrigation districts in Solano County and parts of Yolo County. SCWA leads efforts to protect rights to existing sources of water and works to secure new sources of water for water supply reliability and future growth.

WeatherTRAK smart water management from HydroPoint Data Systems Inc. enables 13,000 subscribers to protect and improve property valuation by continuously optimizing irrigation and eliminating water-related property destruction and liabilities.

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