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Conserving Water
Homeowner groups can reduce their water bill by making a few simple adjustments such as replacing common landscape areas to drought tolerant and other low-water use plants, adjusting sprinkler timers to match plant watering needs. These adjustments, while it may cost up front to replace, can provide immediate reduction in water consumption. Making adjustments and replacing plant material is important but also communicating with your property management and landscapers on expectations of how the landscape should be maintained to look is also of equal importance. This is important because too often over-pruning and shearing of plant material increases its need for water and in most cases the death of many plants and trees.

SMARTSCAPE 
A PROGRAM FOR NURSERY AND LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS

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Spring 2016 Smartscape 101
March 07, 2016 to March 30, 2016
Dates & Times: Mondays/Wednesdays 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Office
4341 East Broadway Road
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Fee: $95 (includes all materials)
Registration fee non-refundable 

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Need more help with your landscape? contact a Landscape Irrigation Auditor one can be found at www.irrigation.org or at http://smartscape.org/ 

Landscape Irrigation Auditor Responsibilities
Landscape Irrigation Auditors develop system testing strategies, check pressure and flow rates, and conduct water application distribution tests. They collect data to determine irrigation uniformity and efficiency. They take soil samples and determine soil types and root zone depths.

Landscape Irrigation Auditors observe system operations, locate irrigation zones, prepare site audit maps and visually identify broken or misaligned equipment. They can also summarize data from field tests and may use this information to generate monthly irrigation base schedules. They may provide this information to Certified Landscape Irrigation Managers or Certified Irrigation Designers to make recommendations for changes.

These individuals are involved in gathering irrigation water-use data and testing landscape irrigation systems. Auditors compile water records, perform water-use studies, measure irrigated sites, identify plant materials by general groups, determine irrigation water requirements, estimate potential dollar and water savings, plus rank sites by net benefits.