Oct. 17 2011 03:18 PM

9/11 Memorial

Designers of the National September 11 Memorial in New York City, selected products from Baseline, Inc., Meridian Idaho, to provide irrigation to the trees that were planted at the memorial and museum complex.

The trees chosen for the memorial are swamp white oak trees, grown at a tree farm in New Jersey, which also uses Baseline’s irrigation products. The 400 trees selected for the memorial were chosen from 2,000 grown at the tree farm.

The Baseline team worked directly with the landscape architects at Peter Walker and Partners and Mike Astram from Northern Designs on the design of the system, which uses Baseline’s soil moisture sensors to track and manage the irrigation.

The trees are an integral part of the design of the memorial; as they grow, they will form cathedral-style arches over the Memorial Plaza.

Innovative Conservation Program Completed

A one-year project with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Innovative Conservation Program was recently completed. The project took place over five trial sites in two cities with two corresponding valve systems in each site—one with LittleValve parts and the other without.

Under the watchful eyes of conservation personnel from the two different water agencies, monthly inspections were made and soil probes were taken to determine water application rates. Four of the trials were pure spray head applications, with average water savings over the one-year period of 30%.

The fifth trial was a ‘drip’ and ‘micro-spray’ application in which the LittleValve system actually had 16 sprinklers in ‘drip’ mode, one sprinkler in micro-spray mode and two ordinary spray sprinklers. That trial registered a water savings of 59%.

For copies of the report, go to www.littlevalve.com.

Fire at Pacific Plastics

A fire broke out in the early morning hours at Pacific Plastics, Brea, California. About 50 employees were evacuated; fortunately, no injuries were reported. The fire broke out in the office area; firefighters were able to contain it to the office area and prevented it from spreading to the manufacturing plant. The fire caused about $200,000 in damage.

Hunter’s Mexico Plant Earns ISO Certification

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has awarded Hunter Industries’ Tijuana, Mexico manufacturing facility the ISO 9001-2008 Certification.

ISO is the most well recognized and respected standards developer in the world.

To achieve this certification indicates the high standards of quality management and best quality management practices. The Tijuana fa cility has been in operation since 2004.

Retrofit Program

California contractors are missing business if they’re not advising their clients and past clients to retrofit their sprinkler nozzles. Thanks to local water providers and a water conservation program called “free- SprinklerNozzles.com,” homeowners and businesses have an opportunity to save on their water bills with free nozzles. More than 170,000 of these low-water use nozzles have been distributed in 70 Southern California cities.

From September through December (depending on the territory), the web-based program will allow customers to learn how they can ac quire these Toro Precision Series spray nozzles.

According to a Toro Irrigation spokesman, other states are inquiring about the program.

Vista Appoints District Sales Managers

Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting has announced the appoinment of three new district managers.

Tim McKay will cover the Great Plains; Brandon Kelly was promoted from district technical specialist to district sales manager for the Southwest region; and Will Seargeant, the Mountain States.

Their duties include working with Vista’s distributors and providing customer support to landscape lighting installers and designers.