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IA Names Outstanding Public Engagement Award Winner

Company Is First Recipient of the Award

Deborah Hamlin presented the Outstanding Public Engagement Award to Eric Olson with Fort Collins Utilities.

The Irrigation Association has announced that Fort Collins Utilities of Fort Collins, Colo., is the recipient of the Outstanding Public Engagement Award. The award recognizes a water provider with a successful program focused on public engagement and education on smart, efficient irrigation technologies and practices.

Fort Collins Utilities' residential sprinkler audit program educates customers on efficient landscape watering through one-on-one engagement with their residents. The utility performs irrigation assessments and develops personalized audit reports with recommendations to help customers reduce inefficiencies in their sprinkler systems that lead to water waste, according to the association.

"Fort Collins Utilities is a great example of sustained results from educating customers on water-efficient alternatives," said IA CEO Deborah Hamlin, CAE, FASAE. "This program has shown that quality engagement empowers residents to make better, more informed choices around water use."
Since the program's beginning in 1999, Fort Collins Utilities has provided over 6,000 free residential sprinkler audits and saved the community over 68 million gallons of water. The program staff stays up to date on irrigation technology advancements, incorporating new products into the rebate and education components of the program.

"Fort Collins Utilities has done a great job of educating their customers on the water requirements of their landscapes and how to leverage smart technologies," said Abby Owens, chair of the SWAT Promotions Working Group and public works compliance analyst for the City of Plano, Texas. "Ultimately, participants have gained greater confidence to manage their landscapes while watering more efficiently."


January 18, 2020, 5:35 am PDT

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