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FloraTerra Achieves Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor Status

New training qualifies landscape firm to create more efficient irrigation systems

FloraTerra, a leading Bay Area landscaping firm, announced today the completion of its certified landscape irrigation auditor program (CLIA) by president Gene Ebertowski. The certification from the Irrigation Association, the irrigation industry's leading professional organization, was awarded after Ebertowski completed training specifically designed to recognize irrigation anomalies, plan for hardware upgrades and repairs, and work with managers on a water-efficient irrigation plan.

"We have always focused on sustainable resources and eco-friendly practices, as evidenced by our Bay Friendly certification," says Ebertowski. "Achieving this certification is the next step -- it allows us to zero in on the specific problem of irrigation and our eco-system's water resources, all while helping our clients save money through efficient systems."

CLIA status is only available for landscape professionals with a one-year minimum of irrigation-related work. On top of that, landscape professionals must study best irrigation practices and the auditing process, along with performing an audit as overseen by a verified professional. To complete the certification process, landscape professionals must pass a written exam and attend continuing-education courses on irrigation practices. Each CLIA professional must also adhere to a code of ethics as defined by the Irrigation Association.

“The quality of CLIA status really stands out in the marketplace. Today's consumer tends to be both concerned about budget and environmental impact,” says Ebertowski. “By earning this certification, we're able to help out with both – and everyone feels good about that.”

Using the landscape irrigation auditor training, landscape professionals like FloraTerra's Gene Ebertowski can assess a current site's system, make maintenance and equipment recommendations, and perform measurements for uniformity and efficiency. After this data is collected, CLIA professionals can work with a manager or property owner to see how things can be done more efficiently to minimize water usage, thus reducing utility bills and required resources.

“Our Bay Friendly certification is really only half the equation. That works with materials, plants, and equipment. CLIA status rounds out our capabilities,” says Ebertowski. “Now FloraTerra is certified eco-friendly for both irrigation and materials/design. It's never been easier for landscaping to go green.”

With FloraTerra's CLIA status now achieved, Ebertowski is focuing on the next goal of becoming a WaterSense Partner with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). FloraTerra is available to answer questions regarding the CLIA and eco-friendly irrigation practices. For a free onsite quote please click here; http://www.floraterra.com/Request-Landscape-Management-Quote-Bay-Area.asp.

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Since 1997, FloraTerra has been a leading Bay Area landscape management company specializing in design, installation, maintenance, and other services. FloraTerra uses cutting-edge processes and materials with an eye on sustainability and conservation for beautiful eco-friendly landscapes. Learn more at www.floraterra.com, including FloraTerra's new three-minute Impact Movie.

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