Rain Bird Seeks Intelligent Use of Water Nominees

Rain Bird, a manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, is seeking nominations for the 2009 Intelligent Use of Water™ Awards.

The annual Leadership Award recognizes individuals or organizations whose innovation, leadership, ingenuity, and dedication to the management and protection of Earth’s most precious natural resource through improved landscape water-efficiency has raised the standard for outdoor water conservation.

In addition, U.S. municipalities and states with city- or state-wide water conservation programs are invited to nominate themselves for the company’s inaugural State of The Union award, recognizing outstanding achievements in landscape water management by public water management entities.

Nominations for both awards are currently being accepted online at http://www.rainbird.com/iuow/award.htm. The nominations period ends July 31.

Open to both consumers and professionals, the Intelligent Use of Water Leadership Following the close of the nomination period, an independent panel of judges will select five finalists. The recipient of the 2009 Intelligent Use of Water Leadership Award will be awarded $10,000 and will be featured in a short film highlighting their contributions to outdoor water conservation. The award will be presented and the film shown at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct.r 7-9.

The Intelligent Use of Water State of The Union Award will recognize city and state municipalities and water agencies that excel in implementing effective landscape water-efficiency and conservation programs and initiatives. Following the close of the nominations period on July 31, five winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges and announced at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference. These winners will also be awarded positions as panelists on Rain Bird’s Intelligent Use of Water Summit XI, to be held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in April 2010. As panelists, they will have the opportunity to showcase their award-winning case study to an audience of U.S. and international water management leaders.