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People Across The Country Who Pledged To Save Water Win New Rain Bird Irrigation Systems As Part of The National Mayor's Challenge For Water Conservation

Irrigation Leader Served As A Major Partner In Encouraging Residents In More Than 1,000 Cities To Take A Leadership Role in Reducing Residential Water Use

AZUSA, CALIF. - (May 3, 2012) – During the recently concluded National Mayor’s Challenge For Water Conservation, U.S. residents in more than 1,000 cities have committed to reducing their water usage by more than 4 billion gallons (or roughly the equivalent of Minnesota's 400 acre, 35 foot deep Lake Calhoun) — a commitment that could yield more than $9.5 million in residential cost savings over the next year in addition to enormous corresponding energy savings.

Program partner, Rain Bird, the world’s largest irrigation company, salutes the winners who were part of the challenge where city leaders were able to inspire their residents to make a series of informative, easy-to-use online pledges aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use across the nation throughout the month of April.

As part of the challenge, the public was asked to visit www.mywaterpledge.com, enter a ZIP Code and make a water-saving pledge on behalf of their city between March 30 and April 30. The cities with the highest percentage of residents taking the challenge were named 2012 Water Challenge winners (http://www.mywaterpledge.com/top10). As a result of their commitment to using water more efficiently during the month of April, participants in each of the winning cities are now eligible to win more than $50,000 in prizes donated by partners, including the Grand Prize Toyota Prius c Hybrid, numerous water-saving appliances, gift cards and custom-designed sprinkler systems from Rain Bird. The prize-winning participants in each city will also be announced in May.

As a program partner, Rain Bird joined National Presenting Partner Toyota, the EPA, EPA WaterSense, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, National Geographic Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia Earle, WaterPik, Lowe’s and Sterling Plumbing, in the nationwide effort to urge mayors to challenge each other’s cities while showcasing their city-wide commitment to water conservation.

In support of this program Rain Bird expanded its support of the Mayor’s Challenge program by assisting both the City of Los Angeles, CA and the City of Tucson, AZ in their pursuit of the challenge, two markets that serve as home to a significant number of Rain Bird employees.

In the City of Los Angeles, CA, Rain Bird provided irrigation and technical training to nearly 30 City of Los Angeles Groundskeepers, 10 complete irrigation systems to support Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s pocket park initiative, as well as a state-of-the-art, sub-surface drip system to be tested by city officials as a potential new water saving irrigation technology for the city’s public green spaces.

In Tucson, Rain Bird donated a complete water-saving irrigation system to be installed at one of the major city parks currently being remodeled by the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department.

“We congratulate all of the participants in this national challenge who collectively came together to help raise the awareness of the need to conserve water,” said Dave Johnson, Rain Bird’s director of corporate marketing. “Our involvement in this program underscores our commitment to our Intelligent Use of Water philosophy which is instilled into every facet of our operations, products and technologies.”

About the Wyland Foundation
Founded in 1993 by environmental artist Wyland (best known for his series of 100 monumental marine life murals), the Wyland Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the country about our ocean, rivers, lakes streams, and wetlands. The foundation's latest project, FOCUS (Forests, Oceans, Climate -- and us) brings together the U.S. Forest Service, NOAA, and numerous non-profits to teach young people about the future of our water supplies, climate, and global health. www.wylandfoundation.org

ABOUT RAIN BIRD CORPORATION
Headquartered in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. From simple beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird now offers the industry's broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes, available in more than 130 countries. Rain Bird has been awarded hundreds of patents, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird’s philosophy called The Intelligent Use of Water ® is about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities around the world. http://www.rainbird.com


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