FRESNO, Calif. – With the price of water rising faster than the cost of any other utility in the U.S., and significant challenges related to three years of drought in California, the urgency for new technology and water-savings solutions is high-priority.
Metropolitan Water District (MWD), through its Innovative Conservation Program (ICP), invited solution-oriented companies to compete for financial incentives awarded for innovative and reliable water savings technologies and strategies. Due to its ability to
save up to 50 percent on landscape water use, for sustained periods of several years, Fresno-based Aqua Cents Water Management was selected for ICP funding and support. MWD is joined by the Southern Nevada Water Authority, Central Arizona Project and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in the selection of ICP recipients.
California State University Fresno has embraced Aqua Cents technology and water savings, utilizing it on three campus sites over the past 12 months. Although Fresno State University pumps and maintains its own water system, the University is committed to
preserving natural resources.
Aqua Cents is a patented technology that delivers organic hydrogels directly below the rootzone of turf. Aqua Cents hydrogels are specifically formulated to absorb up to 400 times their weight in water and beneficial nutrients. This absorption and holding capacity –
allowing up to 96 percent utilization of water as needed” by the rootzone – significantly reduces the amount and frequency needed for water and fertilizers. The innovative storage and delivery process also improves aeration, water infiltration and distribution uniformity. Aqua Cents hydrogels are biodegradable and environmentally safe. They naturally degrade without negative or toxic effects on the soil or microorganisms.
Aqua Cents Water Management is provided exclusively through ACLS (All Commercial Landscape Service) in the Central Valley, Calif. ACLS has been a recognized Central Valley landscape contractor for 30-plus years, offering a broad range of commercial maintenance, custom installation, water management and tree services. Aqua Cents Water Management is focused on developing an expanded reach, either through direct contracts with facilities, subcontracting to other landscape contractors, or licensing agreements with contractors
interested in being the exclusive provider of Aqua Cents Water Management in their markets.