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LETTER TO PALM BEACHERS ABOUT SMART IRRIGATION

Dear Palm Beacher:

Landscapes in the Town of Palm Beach consume 80% of the potable water we purchase from West Palm Beach - over 2 billion gallons a year at a cost of more than $11 million. We overwater by 30%-to-300% and the excess water damages plants, hard-scapes and especially our wallets.

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IMPORTANT QUESTIONS-ANSWERS ABOUT SMART IRRIGATION

Below are a few of the important Q's and A's about Smart Irrigation:

Q: How much water is used Town-wide by the 3,300 property owners with City Water Bills?

A: Town-wide, we currently consume a staggering 2.5 billion gallons of water per year—roughly 80% for landscaping—at an annual cost of $11.4 million.

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City of West Palm Beach Water Meter Replacement Program

The City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department began a water meter replacement program in February, 2010, that is expected to be completed in approximately five months.  The contractor for the City is Utility Partners of America, Inc. 

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CIVIC ASSOCIATION PRESENTS SMART IRRIGATION STATUS TO TOWN WATER COMMITTEE

By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director

“We have good news about smart irrigation in the Town of Palm Beach.” said Harvey L. Poppel, Civic Association Director and Water Resources Committee Chairman at the Town Water Committee meeting on April 26.  “Mainly as an outgrowth of public-awareness activities conducted by the Civic Association, Smart Irrigation Technology (SIRT) installations are proliferating in Town.”

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SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT CALLS FOR CONSERVATION

Last January, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) entered 2009 during the driest six-month period in South Florida’s history. The month of May set a rainfall record followed by a near-record dry October. The new year begins with caution as the height of the dry season looms once again.

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CIVIC ASSOCIATION PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAM ON WATER CONSERVATION AND SMART IRRIGATION WINS EARLY ADOPTERS

The Civic Association Water Committee public awareness and education campaign; which has included town-wide direct mail, calls to the biggest water users in Town, 3 workshops, e-blasts, and a new webpage: http://palmbeachcivic.org/news/water; resulted in 118 property managers, owners, irrigation contractors, and landscape architects and contractors attending the workshops.

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