June 25, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Mayor Declares July "Smart Irrigation Month"

Mayor James O’Neal will declare July “Smart Irrigation Month” during the Missouri Landscape and Nursery Association Field Day, scheduled from 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Thursday, June 25 at Nathanael Greene/Close Park. The proclamation will be presented at a 2 p.m. news conference.

A series of activities are planned for July, designed to draw attention to the need to conserve water resources through efficient irrigation technology and best practices, as well as other water conservation activities.

In Springfield, summer water usage increases by as much as 50 percent due to irrigation use. Homeowners typically over-water lawns and landscapes by up to 30 percent. Since irrigation is one of the largest uses of water, tremendous potential exists for water savings through proven new and existing water-saving technology and good irrigation practices.

Organizations supporting the “Smart Irrigation Month” observance include: City of Springfield Public Works, City Utilities of Springfield, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, Springfield/Greene County Choose Environmental Excellence, Show-Me Yards & Neighborhoods, and the local chapter of Professional Grounds Management Society.

The MLNA Field Day will be held at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 South Scenic Ave. For more information about the MLNA event, contact Bryan Stringer at (417) 529-2073. For information about Smart Irrigation Month, contact Joe Payne at 864-1954 or Cara Shaefer at 831-8348.

Smart irrigation tips can be found at: www.irrigation.org. Information about the cooperating organizations can be found in the Resources section of www.OzarksEnvironment.com.

Media contacts: Joe Payne, City of Springfield Public Works – 865-1954; City Utilities, Joel Alexander – 831-8902.

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840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov