Orange County Government, Florida
Nicole Jackson, Public Information Officer
Phone: (407) 254-9682 Cell: (407) 399-1472 or Nicole.Jackson@ocfl.net
23 June 2014
Orange County Utilities Celebrates Smart Irrigation Month with Free Irrigation Workshops
Workshops focused on efficient and micro-irrigation will be available beginning in July
Orange County Utilities Department

Orange County, FL – Orange County Utilities will host six free irrigation workshops beginning Saturday, July 12, in recognition of Smart Irrigation Month, an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation. Workshops will focus specifically on efficient and micro-irrigation. Information including event days, times, and locations are listed below.

Efficient Irrigation Workshops
Learn the efficient design of an in-ground irrigation system, how to set irrigation controllers, how to check sprinkler heads to ensure they are working properly, and how to make minor adjustments and repairs to the irrigation system. To participate in a workshop listed below, residents can register at www.efficientirrigation.eventbrite.com.

Monday, July 14
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
North Orange Branch Library
1211 East Semoran Boulevard (Apopka)
Thursday, July 17
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Herndon Branch Library
4324 East Colonial Drive (Orlando)
Sunday, July 27
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
South Creek Branch Library
1702 Deerfield Boulevard (Orlando)
Thursday, July 31
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Alafaya Branch Library
12000 East Colonial Drive (Orlando)

Micro-Irrigation Workshops
Retrofitting an irrigation system to increase efficiency is easier than it sounds. In this interactive class, irrigation professionals will teach homeowners the step-by-step process of converting portions of an irrigation system into micro-irrigation for more efficient watering. Participants will also have an opportunity to purchase a micro-irrigation starter kit for the reduced price of $19.00. To participate in a workshop listed below, residents can register at www.microirrigationclass.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, July 12
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Orange County Extension Education Center
6021 South Conway Road (Orlando)
Wednesday, July 23
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Orange County Extension Education Center
6021 South Conway Road (Orlando)

July is traditionally the month of peak water demand for lawns, gardens, and landscapes in North America. The Irrigation Association named July as Smart Irrigation Month to increase public awareness about simple practices and innovative technologies homeowners, businesses, and property managers can use.

Homeowners typically overwater lawns and landscapes by up to 30 percent. By selecting and planting carefully, watering wisely, and maintaining and upgrading automated irrigation systems, consumers can save money, save water, and see better results.

For more information, customers can contact the Orange County Utilities Water Division at 407-254-9850 (select option 1, then option 2) or send an email to Water.Division@ocfl.net.

# # #

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County facebook and twitter pages.