Orange County Government, Florida
Jamie Floer, Community & Media Relations Representative
(407) 254-9682/Cell: (407) 793-6759 or Jamie.Floer@ocfl.net
02 June 2016
Orange County Utilities Celebrates Smart Irrigation
Month with Irrigation Workshops
Workshops focused on efficient irrigation and micro-irrigation will be available in July

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

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.

Irrigation Basics Workshops
This class will teach participants basic irrigation system maintenance with information on timers, rain shut-off devices, micro-irrigation, as well as tips on how to conserve water and save money. Each person will receive a rain gauge. To participate in a workshop listed below, please register at Eventbrite or call Orange County Extension at 407-254-9200. Cost: $5 per household/per workshop.

Tuesday, July 12
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Orange County Extension Education Center
6021 South Conway Road

Thursday, July 14
6 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Meadow Woods Park
1751 Rhode Island Woods Circle

Saturday, July 16
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Orange County Extension Education Center
6021 South Conway Road


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 their 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 $25. To participate in a workshop listed below, please register at Eventbrite or call Orange County Extension at 407-254-9200. Cost: $5 per household/per workshop.

Saturday, July 23
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Meadow Woods Park
1751 Rhode Island Woods Circle

Tuesday, July 26
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Orange County Extension Education Center
6021 South Conway Road

Friday, July 29
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Orange County Extension Education Center
6021 South Conway Road

For information about water conservation, citizens 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.

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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.