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Date: 15-03-2007

The sixth Intelligent Use of Water™ Summit

Encuentro sobre El Uso Inteligente del Agua ™Rain Bird is proud to present the sixth Intelligent Use of Water™ Summit, which has taken place in Madrid on 14 March. A seven-member panel of water and environmental experts from across Spain discussed water conservation strategies and initiatives, with a specific focus on outdoor water use. The symposium ran from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fundación Canal de Isabel II.

The event was moderated by Miguel Primo de Rivera.
Encuentro sobre El Uso Inteligente del Agua ™For many years Miguel Primo de Rivera has been speaking at institutional celebrations, benefits and business meetings. It is not simply his extensive experience that makes him such a valuable asset, but also his skill to adapt his speech to the most unexpected situations and mix of events
- Concepción Oliveros – Head of Green Areas Division, Deputy Director of Environmental Administration for Canal Isabel II. Topic: Canal de Isabel II’s initiatives to promote the efficient use of water in landscapes.
- Jesús de Vicente – Coordinator of the Water Commission for the Spanish Association of Parks and Public Gardens. Topic: High-efficiency automatic irrigation systems for parks and public gardens.
- Carlos Aguirre – Director of Infrastructure Works and Services, City of San Fernando de Henares. Topic: Central Control Irrigation of public spaces: The case of San Fernando de Henares.
- Ana Vilarnau – Manager of Gardens and Environmental Control. Topic: Management of large green areas. Encuentro sobre El Uso Inteligente del Agua ™

- D. Antonio Yañez – Head of the Water Quality Area of Confederación Hidrográfica del Tajo. Topic: Regulatory framework for water reuse and standards for use of reclaimed water in irrigation in the Tajo Basin.
- Imelda Pinilla – Manager of the National Center for Irrigation Technology, (Centro Nacional de Tecnología del Regadios, CENTER). Topic: Evaluation parameters for distribution elements of automatic irrigation systems.
- Eugenio Rezola – Director of Development for Aymerich Golf Management. Topic: The efficient use of water in golf course irrigation.

Each speaker spoke for 20 minutes and then participated in a round table debate and a question-and-answer session, during which the panelists took questions from the audience. The audience xas composed of key water and environmental influencers and decision-makers from Spain’s private and public sector. The event was concluded with a reception. 
Established in 2004 as an open forum for experts to gather and further define the relationship between water conservation and landscape water use, Rain Bird's sixth Intelligent Use of Water Summit will build upon the success of the previous five events by providing unique insight and perspective into the current issues and strategies for preserving Earth’s most precious resource.

Previous Rain Bird Summits have been held in Pasadena, California, USA (3); Tucson, Arizona, USA (1); and in Aix-en-Provence, France (1), where a panel of sustainable development decision-makers and industry experts addressed the outdoor water conservation issues pertaining to Europe.
In addition to organizing the Intelligent Use of Water Summits, Rain Bird devotes significant resources to its Intelligent Use of Water public awareness initiatives aimed at educating both people in the green industry and the general public on the need to conserve water. These initiatives include a series of white papers; public service announcements; membership on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense steering committee; partnerships with non-profit organizations; development and support of education curriculums; and participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade®, an annual worldwide stage to communicate the need for water conservation.

Sources : Rain Bird Europe
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