Irrigation Connection

Burkart President of IA

Phil Burkart, vice president of Toro, general manager of Toro Irrigation Business, begins his term as president of the Irrigation Association. Bob Dobson, Middletown Sprinkler Company, becomes president-elect, while Warren Thoma assumes the vice presidency.

John Vikupitz, Netafim USA, becomes treasurer, and Mark Huntley, John Deere Water, is past president. New board members include: James Barrett, Warren Gorowitz, Robert Meaney, Jay Robbins, and Diane Toth.

LaSCo announces Sales Team for Western U.S.

LASCO Fittings, Inc. has announced its new sales and market ing representation for parts of the Western U.S. This strategic movement will bolster LASCO’s introduction of the Apollo (Conbraco) brand products to the irrigation marketplace.

Spec Management Group has been added to cover all irrigation facets in the states of California, Nevada and Hawaii. Gentile & Associates will direct the specification efforts in Southern California and Hawaii. They also serve as the sales representative for Mexico. Larry Perkins, the LASCO factory-direct sales person in South Texas, will add irrigation distributors in New Mexico and El Paso. VPC Sales, headed up by Christopher Hudson, will manage irrigation accounts within Arizona.

LASCO Fittings, Inc. manufac tures a complete line of PVC, CPVC and Polyethylene fittings, swing joints and flow control products. The company also distributes the Apollo- Conbraco valve and backflow prevention products.

Ia Requests new Standards

At the request of the Irrigation Association, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers will develop four new standards regarding landscape irrigation practices. These standards will be developed over the next several years.

The first step includes filing project initiation notification systems to create standards for landscape water budgeting, landscape irrigation installation practices, testing protocols for weather-based or soil-moisturebased controllers, and landscape irrigation auditing procedures.

Though this process may seem new to many in the landscape side of the irrigation industry, it has been ongoing for quite a while in agricultural irrigation.

Colein new Director for aSIC

The American Society of Irrigation Consultants (ASIC) board of directors has selected Carol Colein as its new executive director. Colein succeeds Norman Bartlett, who retired as ASIC executive director, effective January 1, 2012.

Colein was the founder and principal of C.J. Colein & Associates, Inc.

She formed one of the first independent irrigation consulting firms outside of the western U.S., providing comprehensive commercial, sports turf and golf irrigation services. Colein has been involved in commercial, sports turf and golf course irrigation since 1969. She recently retired as a professional irrigation consultant.

ASIC will relocate its offices to Laingsburg, Michigan.

keep the Irrigation Registration Law

The Illinois Plumbing Code used to allow only licensed plumbers to install irrigation. In 1991, many contractors got together to fight this and the Irrigation Registration Law was passed, allowing non-licensed workers to install/service irrigation systems. However, this legislation has an automatic repeal date of 1/1/2013. After the irrigation registration law is repealed, every person on an irrigation jobsite, whether digging, maintaining, installing, designing, supervising, etc., must be a licensed plumber or a licensed apprentice plumber.

Last year, Rep. Saviano introduced a bill to extend the Irrigation Registration Law for another 10 years; however, the bill was not even discussed on the floor. The Illinois Green Industry Association (IGIA) is asking Rep. Saviano to re-introduce a bill again in 2012.

It is important that all Illinois contractors, even those who just change out a sprinkler head, contact their state representative and senator and ask them to support this legislation.