Magazine article Landscape & Irrigation

Experts Provide Insight into Global Water Crisis, Water Conservation

Magazine article Landscape & Irrigation

Experts Provide Insight into Global Water Crisis, Water Conservation

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Leading environmental and water conservation experts convened August 31, 2006 in Tucson, Ariz., to examine conservation initiatives and strategies relating to landscape irrigation at the third Intelligent Use of Water Summit (IUOW). The event was hosted by Rain Bird Corporation, a manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. Held at the University of Arizona's main campus in Tucson, the symposium focused on the relationship between water conservation and landscape water use; water conservation policies and legislation; and potential programs and initiatives to bring greater awareness to the need for water conservation.

In addition to calling for civic and business leaders to collaborate on the development and implementation of water conservation policies, the six-member panel stressed the importance of assigning a value to water.

"It is evident that conservation programs fraught with complexity, thereby requiring elaborate monitoring programs, may prove to achieve neither cost-effectiveness nor meaningful water savings," commented forum moderator Robert Glennon, professor at the University of Arizona's Rogers College of Law and author of Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping And The Fate Of America's Fresh Waters. "Appropriate water rates offer an opportunity to augment various conservation programs as a way of encouraging water conservation."

Rain Bird's third IUOW Summit comes on the heels of a recent United Nations report predicting an eminent and devastating global water shortage by the year 2025. Rain Bird first established the IUOW Summit in 2005 as a forum to further define the relationship between water conservation and landscape water use.

"With global water experts predicting that the conflicts of the future will be fought over water, it is essential that world leaders, environmental experts and the public be aware of the need to conserve water," said Dave Johnson, Rain Bird's corporate marketing director. …

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