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    Conserva Irrigation Eclipses 100 Territories with Expansion in Oregon, Texas and Pennsylvania – Inside NoVA - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    RICHMOND, Va., Dec.10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Conserva Irrigation, the only national outdoor irrigation company founded on the concept of water conservation, announced today it has eclipsed 100 territories and signed franchise agreements to grow in Northwest Portland, Oregon; Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas; Northwest Houston, Texas; and Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania. Now operating in 107 territories across the country, the largest franchisor in the irrigation industry is prepared for explosive growth in 2021.

    "This is an exciting achievement for Conserva Irrigation and despite a turbulent year filled with plenty of obstacles, we've been able to grow our footprint to more than 100 territories across the country," said Russ Jundt, founder of Conserva Irrigation. "Our company offers the best product and service in the industry and it's our passion for finding a solution to water waste that has allowed us to stand out as a leader. We're eager to continue this momentum in 2021."

    Labeled as an essential business amid the pandemic, Conserva Irrigation's rapid growth can be credited to innovation, teamwork and culture, as well as Jundt's creation of a proprietary process to audit irrigation systems. The "System Efficiency Score" rates the water efficiency of a system based on a numerical scale allowing for homeowners to understand how much water their sprinkler systems are wasting, as well as what improvements need to be made to reduce water consumption and lower water bills.

    In addition to helping customers save water, Conserva Irrigation operates underneath the Outdoor Living Brands umbrella and remains the only environmentally responsible irrigation company with a franchise business model focused primarily on providing repair and maintenance services for commercial and residential sprinkler systems.

    "It's been a privilege to be part of Conserva Irrigation's journey and we feel fortunate that the unprecedented events in 2020 haven't impeded our franchisees' success," said Chris Grandpre, chairman & CEO of Outdoor Living Brands. "Conserva Irrigation operates in an industry that has grown to more than $7B in revenue and its always been our vision to build this brand into an industry leader and the household name around the country. Reaching 100 territories in just over three years is just another step in achieving that goal. Our goals for 2021 include opening another 50 territories adding to Conserva Irrigation's footprint across the United States."

    In addition to reaching its newest milestone, Conserva Irrigation recently jumped more than 1,400 spots in this year's Inc.5000 ranking, which lists companies based on their percentage of revenue growth from 2016 to 2019. In addition, Conserva Irrigation experienced its highest sales months in June and July 2020 since the company's inception in 2010. With a successful track record and growing number of franchisees, Conserva Irrigation has remained nimble to sustain company growth and even launched a virtual franchisee training this year that includes in-depth videos showing franchisees how to use the irrigation equipment while maintaining social distancing requirements.

    Conserva Irrigation is looking to expand further throughout the United States and is seeking single- and multi-unit operators with a range of corporate experience, as well as those looking for add-on or conversion business opportunities. Incentives are also available for veterans, multi-territory agreements and those with existing businesses.

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    About Conserva IrrigationFounded as a franchise in 2017, Conserva Irrigation is the only national outdoor irrigation company founded on the principle of water conservation. The brand is part of Outdoor Living Brands, a market-leading franchisor of premium residential and commercial outdoor living services. With 107 territories operating across the country and growing, Conserva Irrigation is helping home and business owners reduce water consumption through its use of a proprietary irrigation auditing system and water-efficient irrigation products. Conserva Irrigation recently debuted on Entrepreneur Magazine's 2020 Franchise 500 list at #296, followed by recognition in Entrepreneur's 2020 Top New Franchises list at #7. Additionally, the brand was recognized among Financial Times' 2020 America's Fastest Growing Companies list and the Inc. 5000 2020 ranking. For more information about Conserva Irrigation, visit

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    State tax-credit program will help Westmoreland County Food Bank add sprinklers – TribLIVE - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    Town manager says The Care Factory facing its third strike’ – Millbury-Sutton Chronicle - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Lisa Redmond| The Millbury-Sutton Chronicle

    Owner says complaintsmiscommunication

    MILLBURY Two months after the town issued a cease-and-desist order against The Care Factory, closing the cannabis-focused art studio and event venue at 175 West Main St., one selectman said she has received numerous complaints that the venue is planning a ladies' pole dancing contest.

    Selectman Mary Krumsiek received numerous complaints about the business including an email, which she forwarded to the police chief, that advertises for staff for aladies' pole dancingcontest.

    At the Dec. 8 meeting, selectman chairman Mary Krumsiek reported she has received numerous complaints about the business including an email, which she forwarded to the police chief, that advertises for staff for the contest.

    But Joe Dion, owner and operator of The Care Factory, told the Millbury-Sutton Chronicle, this is a case of miscommunication.

    The pole dancing is nothing risqu, he said. Rather, its a ladies-only event for women who want to have fun and get exercise, Dion said. Pole dancing or pole fitness is an intensive body workout.

    Dion opened The Care Factory about a year ago after sinking about $100,000 into his portion of the former mill building. He plans on buying the property. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, his venue is currently closed to the public, he said.

    But he is making plans, such as lining up events and hiring staff, so that when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, he can open his 5,000-square-foot space to artists and events of all kinds.

    Dion, a cannabis consultant to dispensaries, said he wants to work with the town to turn his venue into something no one has seen before, a flexible studio for art and music, an art gallery and event space.

    We strive to complement the creative renaissance in local and global cannabis, hip hop, fashion and tech communities, according to the business' website

    The Care Factory is about creative expression, he said.

    Its not a nightclub, he said.

    Dion admits there was an incident in October when a guest, who had too much of the free alcohol, hit another guest with a bottle.

    The Millbury police log notes that Oct. 16 around 9p.m. the police were called to The Care Factory for a disturbance. Hours later about 2:30a.m. Oct. 17police, again, responded to the location for a disturbance for a report of an assault and battery.

    It was bad publicity, sure, but it was one small thing, Dion said.

    At the boards Oct. 27 meeting, Acting Town Manager Sean Kelley told the selectmen the event at The Care Factory was terminated by the police and the building inspector, who issued a cease-and-desist order due to issues related to the sprinkler system in the converted former mill building.

    Kelley took a hard line stating, We were not going to allow a Station nightclub incident in Millbury, referring to the 2003 fire started by pyrotechnics set off inside the Station nightclub in Rhode Island that left 100 people dead and 230 people injured. Fire officials concluded that a sprinkler system in the club would have saved many lives.

    But, Kelley acknowledged that after meeting with all the parties and town officials it appeared there was a miscommunication between the landlord, the tenant and the event organizer.

    Dion said his attorney is working with town officials to resolve any issues pertaining to the certificate of occupancy and the sprinkler system. He wants to work with the town and be a good neighbor.

    What people dont see are his quiet acts of altruism such as spending $3,000 to provide Thanksgiving to the homeless in the area or raising $13,000 last Christmas to make sure 10 families could celebrate the holiday.

    At the Dec. 8 board meeting, new Town Manager Sean Hendricks said he was told that when there are confirmed violations (at The Care Factory), weve gone and rattled their cage a little bit and it goes quiet for a couple of weeks and then they sort of rear their heads, again.

    Hendricks said he will look into this latest issue and if there are violations, I think we are down to the third strike. We are at the point where (the town) has given them as many opportunities as we can to be compliant.

    The town manager said he will be taking more decisive action in the near future, using law enforcement, inspections and from an administrative standpoint.

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    The benefits of DESMI onboard firefighting systems – The Motorship - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    In marine applications, DESMIs FineFog Fixed Water-Based Firefighting systems offer a safe, low-pressure alternative. After years of success in Asian-built ships, DESMI is now bringing its efficient firefighting products to the European market.

    In Asia, DESMI is known not only for its pumps but also for its firefighting systems. More than 180 such systems are supplied to ship owners around the globe though most of these are for ships built in China. There have not been so many installations in European shipyards, so DESMIs Marine and Offshore Sales Manager, Christian Mellergaard wants to reach out to European ship owners and shipyards to change this.

    They mainly know us for our pumps and might not know we offer these highly efficient firefighting systems which of course include our pumps and offer some great advantages, he says.

    DESMI has the following types of firefighting systems available:

    The benefits of FineFog

    For machinery spaces, DESMI offers its low-pressure, water-based FineFog system. FineFog dispenses a mist like a fog. You can kill the fire much easier with mist than by just pouring water on it. These millions of small droplets absorb much more heat, and oxygen is displaced locally at fire source. As a result, an inerting effect is generated, effectively killing the fire, Christian says.

    Ships will benefit from the automatic system around high-risk objects like combustion machinery, oil-fired boilers or burners, incinerators or purifiers for heated oil fuel. If there is an oil spill that catches fire, then the FineFog nozzles above that application are activated based on a signal from flame detector or smoke detector and the alarm sounds. The crew can still enter the room and continue with conventional firefighting with hoses. Or, if necessary, they can release the total flooding mechanism in engine rooms up to 5036 m3.

    And that's where our system has a big advantage over gas-based firefighting systems like CO2, Christian says. While CO2 systems are effective, they come with a risk to human life. With CO2, if you have a fire on your engine room, you first need to evacuate everybody because otherwise the gas will suffocate them. And you have to make sure ventilation is shut off, and the room is completely sealed off. You must also ensure that all machinery in the engine room is stopped. This can take several minutes. In this time, a minor fire can grow quite large, he says. You only have one shot with CO2 you can only release the system once. And also, CO2 has no cooling effect. So that actually means, the fire could reignite very easily. And afterward, you cant go into the engine room or confined space for several hours. You need to be totally sure that the fire is put out first before restarting ventilation of the engine room.

    DESMIs FineFog total flooding by water mist offers a great alternative. You can just start it right away. You can activate the main system, and people can be present, if needed it doesn't kill them. It's just water. And its non-toxic. And theres plenty of it. At the same time, you have the cooling effects. That's one of the big advantages. Its effective, it only uses minimal flow rates, and it's easy.Pump from a freshwater tank or sea chest. The maintenance is easy compared to the regular inspections you need to do with CO2 installations. And you dont need extra room for all these CO2 bottles.

    Image: The FineFog kills the fire with millions of tiny droplets of water, absorbing heat and oxygen.

    Protecting accommodation areas

    For living areas, hallways, and other accommodation areas like cafeterias, DESMI offers its automatic water sprinkler system. The most common is a conventional wet-pipe system, meaning the piping is filled with pressurized water from a dependable source. It runs with low pressure.

    It starts locally Only sprinklers above or adjacent to the fire are activated to avoid water damage. Its very effective. In most cases, it will kill the fire in a very short time and maybe only with two or three sprinklers active.

    A similar, dry pipe system is available for areas where the water in the piping would be subject to freezing. In such a system, air or nitrogen fills the pipes until a fire activates the sprinklers. In that case, air escapes from the pipes and activates the dry pipe valve, causing water to flow from the activated sprinklers.

    Image: The water sprinkler system for accommodation can in most cases kill the fire in a very short time with only a few sprinklers active.

    Low expansion foam

    DESMIs low expansion foam firefighting system protects oil and chemical tanker deck areas, helidecks, or other open deck areas (like loading areas) and closed, horizontal spaces like streamer reel and purifier room. Water will not kill an oil fire. Instead you can apply foam, and this will form a floating blanket. There is no vapor from the oil and the foam also cools the area.

    The pressurized foam is delivered by a foam pump or from a tank to a mixing device. Then it is aerated and sprayed directly onto the areas of the fire.

    Images: DESMI low-expansion foam firefighting system

    Water spray system

    DESMI also offers a water spray/deluge/drencher system with open nozzles. It is activated by a fire detection system, opening a deluge valve and letting water flow simultaneously from all the open sprinklers in a specific section. Deluge systems are used for protection against rapidly spreading, high-hazard fires on for example RO-RO and RO-PAX vessels.

    Image: Deluge system working on a ferry car deck

    Water spray is used to cool fires, and for crew protection on for example gas carriers or chemical tankers, where you cool down the whole deck area and surfaces with water spray. Water spray is also required on vessels transporting class 1 material like containers and open hatch general cargo vessels.

    Images: Water spray systems (white piping) for gas carrier and chemical tanker PO deck area.

    For self-unloading vessels, water spray is used to kill or suppress fires in material and offloading equipment. Systems can also be installed for dust suppression on these self-unloading vessels.

    Images: Water spray in use at a C-Loop system for self-offloading vessel dust suppression, outside and inside views.

    The low-pressure advantage

    Christian Mellergaard says that of all the advantages of the DESMI firefighting system, the biggest is a low-pressure (max 16-bar) system. Its easy to install and you can use galvanized piping, which is cheaper. Its high precision, the maintenance is easier. This is where DESMI has an advantage over many of the other systems.

    In addition, up-to-date development ensures rule compliance and system reliability.

    These include regulations from the International Maritime Organizations Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), the international convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and other regulations from Classification and Flag Authorities.

    Plus, he adds, the system is designed with DESMIs own pumps and controls in mind. So, we calculate the pump sizes and design the system and make the drawings for the shipyards. And as you know, there are a lot of pumps on a vessel. DESMI can supply these, too. So, we can make an attractive package offer for both pumps and fire system.

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    Water less in the winter – Skip a week – Osceola News-Gazette - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    As the cooler weather sets in, grass and plants require less water than during our spring and summer months. Water loss due to transpiration and evaporation decreases as does the growth of the typical Florida landscape.

    Some of the common grasses in a Florida landscape are: Bahia (the only drought tolerant grass designated by University of Florida), St. Augustine, Zoysia, and Bermuda. These grasses go dormant as temperatures decrease. Temperatures averaging 82 degrees or less keep these grasses in their dormant stage. Your grass may still remain green during this time.

    So what does this mean for you as you continue to want to keep a beautiful lush Florida lawn? Simple. Practice wise water use. You dont want to water inefficiently as this will matter come spring time. Overwatering stresses your lawn. First you should adjust your irrigation system to water one day a week. This will continue to keep the roots healthy receiving the needed nutrients for a nice return in the spring. A typical Florida grass needs approximately 1-inch of water per week to keep it healthy.

    This is also a great time to go through your system to make sure there are no broken heads, emitters spraying sidewalks, driveways, your neighbors yard or possibly finding out that there is a hidden program on your controller that is costing you extra money and wasting water.

    When spring returns you should always go back through your system and adjust the sprinklers, check for leaks, and make sure your programming is set for the change of weather. It will definitely be warmer and chances are you will need to go back to the 2 day a week schedule.

    Checklist to go by for proper irrigation check:

    1. Check controller for correct time, date, and day.

    2. Manually turn on each zone: Check for proper pressure (low pressure could indicate a line break or a possible missing sprinkler head). Check for proper rotation for rotor sprinkler heads and adjust these to perform efficiently. You dont want to be watering impervious surfaces like the road or sidewalk. Adjust fixed sprays in the same manner.

    3. Replace heads that are overgrown with grass and cannot pop up to irrigate properly. St. Augustine should have 6 inch heads and sprays. Some of you probably had your system installed with 4 inch heads or sprays, if this is the case it would be better to replace these with 6 inch ones. This will definitely help with the overall appearance of your lawn.

    4. Check and clean filters for all rotors and sprays. If you have Netafim (micro-irrigation), then clean this filter also.

    5. Reprogram your controller for the necessary allowance of water per zone. Typically, rotors are set on average for 30 minutes and sprays are set for 15 minutes. Many of you also have the new Netafim, which usually waters on average of 45 minutes. This can be cut back as plants become established. Some Netafim zones can be completely cut off as they are irrigating Florida Friendly Plants.

    6. Keep in mind plants have grown or in some cases have died off due to weather or disease. So areas might need different irrigation times depending on the situation. Adjust these areas as necessary.

    7. Replace the battery backup on your controller. The battery backup does not operate the controller but keeps run times and start times in the controller in the event of a power outage. This will stop the system reverting back to a default setting.

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    Your Water Conservation Team at Toho Water Authority can assist and advise on your irrigation needs. We conduct Irrigation Evaluations in our service area. Please call us at 407-944-5121.

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    City moving forward with $3.855 million renovation WRBI Radio – Country 103.9 WRBI - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Eric Ratts, of DLZ (top left), and Jake Williams, of CPM (second left) talking to the Board of Works earlier Monday evening.

    Greensburg, IN The City of Greensburg awarded the City Hall renovation contract on Monday to Construction Planning Management (CPM) during the City Council meeting. Project manager Eric Ratts, with DLZ presented 8 bids to the City. The CPM bid came in at 3.855 million dollars. This was less than the original estimate for the renovation project. The bid acceptance included additional alternatives to add a fire sprinkler system, extend the roof replacement warranty, refinish the oak doors throughout the building to match the new upgrades, and additional stucco refinishing throughout the building. The project is also estimated to be complete in 175 days, which is well under the original determination of 365 days.

    The Council voted 4-1 in favor of the renovation project. Councilman Kevin Fleetwood expressed concern for the overall cost of the project in the current economic climate and made suggestions towards a less costly partial renovation or the items that needed attention sooner, such as updating the HVAC system.

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    Illusion Theater moving to a new home in Minneapolis – Press - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Illusion Theater announced late last week it will be moving from its current downtown Minneapolis theater and office space in the Cowles Center at 528 Hennepin Ave. to become an anchor partner with the Center for the Performing Arts new multi-use neighborhood arts development project at 3754 Pleasant Ave. near 38th and Lyndale in South Minneapolis.

    According to an Illusion news release, the Center for Performing Arts is an arts center in the Kingfield Neighborhood. Once a former convent connected to the Incarnation Catholic Church, it was renovated in 1995 to house artist studios, classes and dance and performance spaces. The expansion will be a new four-story performing arts building adjacent to the current building. Included in the new building will be two flexible 100-seat performance spaces.

    In 1977, Illusion was the first theater to open studio space in Minneapolis Warehouse District. As the area grew in popularity, so did the rent, so Illusion moved to a building on Washington Avenue and stayed there until a lightning strike set of the sprinkler system and damaged the space in 1985. Illusion moved to Hennepin Center for the Arts and raised money in 1999 to renovate the 7th and 8th floors. The building was moved to Hennepin Avenue in 2011 and is part of the Cowles Center.

    Illusion will continue to do virtual production, as it has since the start of the pandemic. The move is expected to take place in spring of 2021.

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    Fire-ravaged Derbyshire school will cost 5.5 million to rebuild – Derbyshire Live - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    A school destroyed in a blaze will cost 5.5 million to replace, dwarfing the price of a sprinkler system experts say would have saved it.

    A sprinkler system would have saved taxpayers millions of pounds which will now have to spent on a full school rebuild to replace the destroyed Harrington Junior School, in Long Eaton.

    Derbyshire County Council received 1.28 million in an insurance payout linked to the fire-hit school, which was valued at 2.7 million.

    The school was destroyed in a blaze which was accidentally started by authority maintenance staff carrying out refurbishment works on May 28.

    This week, the council is set to start a search for a contractor to build a replacement school.

    Research by other English councils and fire departments estimates the cost of a sprinkler system for a school the size of Harrington catering for 235 pupils is between 65,000 and 83,500.

    The council says the new build, on the same site as the former school, which has been bulldozed and cleared, will cost 5.5 million.

    This is 65 times the estimated cost of installing sprinklers in the former building.

    Of the total 5.5 million cost of the rebuild, 1.28 million will come from the insurance payout, 1 million will come from the councils own finances this figure representing the excess on the insurance and it is hoped that the remaining 3.22 million will come from a proposed bid for capital funding which will start in April 2021.

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    The council says the new school must be completed by June 2022, in time for the start of the new school year in September 2022.

    It has formally committed to installing sprinklers in the new school.

    The build contract itself is valued at 4.34 million, with the rest of the cost to the council coming from contracting and design fees, fixtures and fittings for the new school along with risk and contingency funding.

    A 500,000 temporary replacement for the school, built without planning permission, was constructed in August and will remain in place for two years to house students until the new-build is ready.

    This, too, was funded by an insurance claim on the destroyed school.

    It does not have sprinklers.

    Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service revealed in a Freedom of Information request from the Local Democracy Reporting Service that its efforts to combat the Harrington fire cost an estimated 41,790 around half the price of a would-be sprinkler system for the school.

    Two firefighters also suffered minor injuries fighting the Harrington blaze.

    A report from the county council shows the authority will select a construction company from a shortlist of eight firms.

    These are:

    Ashe Construction Ltd

    Engie Regeneration Ltd

    GF Tomlinson Building Ltd

    Interserve Construction Ltd

    Morgan Sindall Construction

    Seddon Construction

    Speller Metcalf

    Vinci Construction UK Ltd

    Gavin Tomlinson, Derbyshire chief fire officer, had told the LDRS that sprinklers would have saved the Long Eaton school and was frustrated at the lack of investment and foresight to avoid such a tragedy.

    He is part of a national campaign calling for it to be mandatory for all new schools and major school refurbishments to include a sprinkler system.

    Cllr Barry Lewis, county council leader, along with Cllr Chris Poulter, leader of Derby City Council have both signed a pledge to have sprinklers in all new build schools and primary and secondary schools undergoing significant renovation, refurbishment or extension.

    This came after Harrington was destroyed by a fire and two Derby schools Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School and St Marys Catholic Voluntary Academy were destroyed by arson in October.

    The two Derby schools also did not have sprinklers and Mr Tomlinson says they, too, could have been saved if the buildings had had them.

    The LDRS Freedom of Information request shows that combating those two blazes cost the fire service an estimated 29,400 and 78,760 respectively.

    Both the city and county councils have refused to name which schools they oversee do not have sprinklers, claiming a perceived risk of arson attacks if the names were revealed.

    This claim has been discredited by Mr Tomlinson.

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    Faulty Sprinkler System The Cause Of Firefighter Response In Bourne – - November 21, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    A faulty sprinkler system at an apartment building on Harmony Hill Road set off an alarm that brought firefighters to the complex. However, no fire or smoke was detected at the scene.

    Bourne Acting Assistant Fire Chief David S. Pelonzi said firefighters were dispatched at 4:45 PM to Clay Pond Cove at 101 Harmony Hill Road last Saturday afternoon, November 14. Asst. Chief Pelonzi said when firefighters arrived at the scene, people were evacuating the building.

    Someone must have told one of the firefighters they saw smoke, the assistant chief said, but we didnt find anything.

    Asst. Chief Pelonzi said the complex uses two types of sprinkler systems: one wet, one dry. The problem, he said, occurred with a faulty compressor in the buildings dry sprinkler system.

    A dry system uses pressurized air or nitrogen to hold the water supply back at a main dry-pipe valve. When a fire occurs and the sprinkler activates, the air pressure drops and the main dry-pipe valve opens to release the water into the piping system to discharge from the sprinklers.

    We were initially called for sprinkler activation, Asst. Chief Pelonzi said. Thats what set off the fire alarm.

    No one was hurt or had to be transported to a hospital, he said.

    Firefighters at the scene investigated, going from room to room, he said, but never detected any smoke or fire.

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