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Mattel recycled water

Mattel Plans to Cut Utility Bills 40% Using Recycled Water

Mattel recently became a California water agency’s newest recycled water customer, which will save about 2 million gallons of drinking water per year in the drought-stricken state. The global toy maker, whose brands include Barbie, Fisher-Price and Hot Wheels, among others, told Environmental Leader that using recycled water for irrigation … Read more »

Netafim

Farm Cuts Water Use, Improves Yield with Subsurface Drip Irrigation

Subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) technology is a solution for maximizing water productivity and crop yield potential. But while the water-saving and productivity benefits of SDI are well documented, the challenges for dairy producers in utilizing naturally produced, nutrient-rich liquid manure as a forage crop fertilizer has limited wider adoption of … Read more »

Finding Water-Energy Savings from Efficient Landscape Design

The California Sustainability Alliance has released Water-Energy Savings from Efficient Landscape Design in California, a report documenting the key concepts for water-efficient landscaping. The report also estimates water, energy, and cost savings, as well as carbon sequestered, for a case study site in Southern California. The Alliance investigated landscape irrigation … Read more »

Irrigation Mats Save Walmart Millions of Gallons of Water

Irrigation Mats Save Walmart Millions of Gallons of Water

Walmart is using WaterPulse irrigation mats to reduce the amount of water used in about 3,700 of the retailer’s garden centers inside its stores across the US. The mats are saving “millions of gallons of water,” while improving plant quality, says Marybeth Hays, senior vice president of Outdoor Living and … Read more »

Toro Lynx Central Control

Toro Irrigation Helps California Golf Courses Meet Water Reduction Mandate

The Toro Company, with its irrigation business based in California, is helping the state’s golf courses meet the mandated 25 percent statewide reduction in water use. Monterey, California’s Poppy Hills Golf Course, owned and operated by the Northern California Golf Association, completely renovated and upgraded its irrigation system last year … Read more »

WaterPulse Mass Flow Mat

WaterPulse Slashes Plant Retailers’, Growers’ Water Use Up to 70%

WaterPulse says its commercial irrigation system improves plant quality, cuts water consumption and reduces company expenses. Improper care from over or under watering can lead to the loss of more than 30 percent of a plant retailer’s product, costing greenhouses, nurseries and retail horticulture stores millions of dollars, the company … Read more »

Banyan Water

Banyan Water Helps Businesses Curb Water Waste

Smart water management company Banyan Water has introduced a water monitoring system that tracks all irrigation water use on a property and provides alerts if leaks are detected. The company says its Irrigation Insight can be instrumental in helping facility managers comply with local or state water restrictions enacted during … Read more »

LeafMon

Smart Irrigation Reduces Agricultural Water Use

Cermetek says its new sensor technology, LeafMon, allows growers for the first time to base irrigation decisions on a measure of plant hydration. Traditionally, growers irrigated on a schedule. More recently soil moisture sensors have enabled growers to irrigate only when the ground is dry. Now, LeafMon technology collects and … Read more »

smart irrigation

Smart Irrigation Service Enables Compliance with CA Water Restrictions

In response to the California State Water Resources Control Board’s statewide water restrictions imposed last week, ETwater is moving up the availability on the release of its smart irrigation subscription service. The subscription service automatically adjusts an irrigation system with an outdoor watering schedule that uses only the minimum amount … Read more »

dripline irrigation tubing

Dripline Manufacturer Offers Free Recycling

Drip irrigation manufacturer Netafim USA has extended the deadline for its Recycling Grower Compensation Program to Dec. 31 and increased the compensation rate for its product credit voucher from $0.07 per pound to $0.08 per pound. The recycling program, offering free pick up and compensation in exchange for used irrigation … Read more »

Monsanto Pledges 30-80bn Gallons Water Savings Annually

Monsanto says it will work to increase water-use efficiency in irrigation across its own global seed production operations by 25 percent by 2020. While overall water use will vary due to the weather, Monsanto estimates that these conservation efforts alone will result in saving between 30 billion and 80 billion … Read more »

Sustainable Agriculture Hinges on ‘Holistic, Long-Term Approach’

Sustainable Agriculture Hinges on ‘Holistic, Long-Term Approach’

A holistic long-term approach may be the key to introducing sustainability into the food and agriculture equation, according to a report from Rabobank. Fundamentally, this would entail a shift in farmers’ focus away from yield maximization and toward “input optimization,” according to New Best Farming Practices that Intensify Agriculture Sustainably. Rabobank has … Read more »