WATER-EFFICIENT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Friday February 21, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastfield College in Mesquite.  Science Building, rooms 100 and 101.  $49.00 

Homeowners are learning how to conserve a precious Texas resource – water – in many ways, sharing cost-saving information with family members and friends.  But what happens on a larger scale when property managers need to monitor and control water use and costs? A half-day workshop titled “Water-Efficient Property Management” will answer questions and provide ideas about that subject on Fri., Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Eastfield College in Mesquite.  The cost to attend is $49 per person, and the program will be held in the Science Building, rooms 100 and 101.  The program, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas, is part of the Dallas County Community College District’s spring 2014 Clean Economy Series, which focuses on building a more sustainable future for Dallas. Patrick Dickinson, program coordinator for Texas A&M AgriLife in Dallas, is the featured speaker.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Tarleton State University and is an ISA-certified arborist who has extensive experience in the Texas horticulture industry. Dickinson also is part of the center’s Urban Water Program, which focuses on water conservation and storm water issues by delivering professional training, public education programs (such as DCCCD’s CES workshop) and demonstrations.  He addresses professionals and members of the general public so that he can offer them the most sustainable information about landscape water use, from design and plant selection to water-conserving landscape management practices. The morning workshop will provide property managers with information about techniques they can implement for indoor water conservation; drip irrigation; new water conservation technologies; “cycle and soak”; lawn care during drought or water restrictions; proper plant selections; foundation watering; tree watering; and irrigation scheduling. This program is designed for apartment managers, large-facility managers, commercial property managers, landscaping companies and others whose responsibilities include water use and conservation, which also helps control costs.