Horizon, Serpico Landscaping, Inc. Use Innovative New Technology to Slash Irrigation Costs, Save Water on Large-scale Irrigation Projects

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HermitCrab™ controller accessory is easy, low-cost upgrade to conventional controllers

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The technology of the HermitCrab allows for a seamless integration into any existing irrigation system, resulting in instant increased watering efficiency and reduced water bills.

Horizon and Serpico Landscaping, Inc. are teaming up to bring the ET Water Systems™ HermitCrab™ controller accessory to landscapes across Northern California, cutting customers’ water bills while increasing irrigation efficiency.

“Water’s always been at a premium in California, and now it’s an even bigger issue,” said Brad Barroso, Chief Operating Officer at Serpico Landscaping, Inc. “With today’s economy and the new state mandate, there’s more focus than ever on water savings.”

That mandate is California Ordinance AB 1881, which sets irrigation efficiency standards for most new landscapes greater than 2,500 square feet. That’s forcing local leaders in water-saving efforts, like Serpico Landscaping, Inc., to find ways to increase water-use efficiency while reducing their clients’ irrigation costs.

Enter the ET Water Systems HermitCrab.

Among other provisions, the new law requires large landscapes to employ irrigation controllers that utilize either ET or moisture data to calculate station run times. The unique HermitCrab is specially designed to convert an existing traditional irrigation controller into a “smart” one, using a simple plug-and-play installation.

Introduced in 2011, the HermitCrab uses new technology to deliver the benefits of a complete controller upgrade for about a third of the cost. It’s compatible with most major irrigation brands and installs in about ten minutes. Based on current ET and rainfall data, the HermitCrab signals the host controller to open and close sprinkler valves as needed for optimal efficiency.

“The technology of the HermitCrab allows for a seamless integration into any existing irrigation system, resulting in instant increased watering efficiency and reduced water bills,” said Rick Zinn, Pacific Division Business Development Specialist, Water Management and Construction, for Horizon. “When installed, the HermitCrab takes over the shell – like its name says.”

The HermitCrab even enables customers to make irrigation scheduling changes from their smartphones, and lets users manage multiple controllers at different sites.

“Our customers really can’t believe it’s this easy to start saving both money and water with the HermitCrab,” said Zinn. “The product is revolutionary, and it’s by far the most economical way to maintain a landscape with less water.”

The HermitCrab frequently produces water savings as high as 50 percent, which means payback can be just a few months.

“We’ve always assessed each customer’s unique situation and made recommendations based on cost and functionality,” Barroso said. “The technology behind the HermitCrab allows us to customize an ideal irrigation schedule for any situation.”

Serpico Landscaping, Inc. and Horizon have worked together for many years, and they’re clearly making a significant difference in irrigation efficiency around the Bay Area.

“With advances like the HermitCrab, it doesn’t take a scientist to help you start saving water,” said Horizon’s Zinn. “In just 10 minutes, and for a third less money than a typical smart controller, the HermitCrab makes it quicker and easier for our customers to manage our natural resources, and that’s good for everybody.”

For more information about Horizon, the ET Water Systems HermitCrab or any of Horizon’s full suite of green industry products, please visit http://www.horizononline.com, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. For more information about Serpico Landscaping, Inc., please visit http://www.serpicolandscaping.com.

About Horizon Distributors Inc.
Horizon Distributors Inc. is a professional distributor that sells a variety of products and services to the green industry professional with more than 61 Horizon Sales Centers in the Western United States, Texas and Florida. Horizon offers customers the industry’s widest choice of irrigation, landscape, specialty and power equipment products, including top quality brand names like Rain Bird, Hunter & Lasco, along with a full suite of Business Builder programs and tools designed to help our customers grow their business. For more information, please visit http://www.horizononline.com.

About Pool Corporation
Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Horizon is part of the Pool Corporation (POOLCORP) family of companies. Through its SCP Distributors LLC and Superior Pool Products LLC distribution networks, POOLCORP is the world’s largest wholesale distributor of swimming pool supplies, equipment and related leisure products. Currently, POOLCORP operates 289 sales centers in North America and Europe, through which it distributes more than 160,000 national brand and private label products to roughly 80,000 wholesale customers. For more information about POOLCORP, please visit http://www.poolcorp.com.


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