1916

John Brooks builds a brass pop up spray head

1934

Rain Bird introduces the vertical impact drive sprinkler

The sprinkler led to the pop up impact sprinkler, which revolutionized the landscape irrigation industry

1960

Associated Irrigation Consultants is established

Bob Cloud sets up his company in Los Angeles--believed to be the first independent consulting firm in the US

1965

Chet Sarsfield launched Irrigation Technical Services (ITS)

Publications included the ABC's of Lawn Sprinkling and the Irrigation Technical Manual

1966

Toro introduces the first valve-in-head sprinkler

1969

Apollo 11 lands on the moon

Photo of Pat Collins taken two days before her husband Michael arrived on the moon

1970

ASIC has its inaugral meeting in San Francisco, CA

Russ Mitchell, FASIC is one of the founding members

1971

ASIC incorporated in the State of California

Roy Williams is elected for his second term as President of ASIC

1972

Nick Purdy founds the precursor to Precision Pumping Systems

In Picabo, Idaho, Silver Creek Supplies is created

1972

Introduction of Texas Instrument SR-10 Calculator

Replaces the slide rule and the cost was $150 or $860 in today's dollars

1976

Southern California Chapter of ASIC is formed

1976

NorCal Chapter meeting agenda

Dedication of the Roy Williams Memorial Garden

1976

KCS Controller

Johns-Manville introduces the first solid state control timer

1977

Radio Shack TRS-80 and Apple IIe Introduced

1980

MCI was founded

They built their reputation on the principle “Meeting our customers’ requirements, every requirement, every time.”

1981

Hunter Industries is founded by Edwin J. Hunter.

Ed Hunter was already a legend in the industry with over 150 patents to his name

1984

Irrigation Design Assist Software (aka IDA) introduced

Developed by Aqua Engineering, the software ran on top of AutoCad

1984

AutoCad R-9

Computer requirements were Windows 98 with 64SDRAM and 400Mhz. This is the first version that did not require a math co-processor

1990

AB 325, California's first Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance

John Blevens and Corbin Schneider served as members of the task force

1994

AutoCad R-13

First release to operate in Windows environment

1998

15th Annual ASIC Conference, Santa Fe, NM

2000

Signature Control Systems

Designs 1st On-line Intelligent Irrigation Controller (Aurora/Constellation) for Golf and Commercial Venues

2001

Chet and Wanda Sarsfield retire as ASIC Executive Director and Secretary

2003

Golf Course Irrigation: Environmental Design and Management is published

authors are: James Barrett, FASIC; Brian Vinchesi, FASIC; Robert Dobson; Paul Roche; David Zoldoske

2006

AutoCad dynamic block is introduced

2009

Stephen Smith, FASIC, starts his term as Irrigation Association President

Stephen also served as ASIC President in 1996-1998

2010

AB1881-- California MEWLO is updated

2013

Green Industry Hall of Fame Inductees

Dave Pagano, FASIC and Sue York are inducted. Tom Gentile will follow as a 2015 inductee

2016

Watertronics introduces Quickship Product Line

Vertical Turbine and WaterMax 5000 Quickship offer the same high quality designs, controls and functionality, but with faster delivery times

History

A New Profession Emerges…..

 

About fifty years ago, a new profession began.

Landscape irrigation was just a fledgling industry prior to World War II. Following the war, the irrigation market increased dramatically with the growing number of middle class consumers. Simultaneously there was the introduction of newer, more affordable and easier to install products, making underground irrigation practical for a whole new group of consumers.

King Ewing, an irrigation visionary at the time, was working for Atlas Lawn Sprinkling Company in the San Francisco Bay area. Ewing saw great potential in the turf and landscape irrigation market and recognized the importance of both design and engineering as a tool to market irrigation systems.  In 1948, he purchased the design and supply division of Atlas, eventually coming to be named Ewing Irrigation. The concept of offering free design as a marketing tactic and selling tool spread across the country and was the predominant model for many years.

In the late 1960’s, a small band of irrigation design practitioners, many of them previous employees of Ewing Irrigation started meeting to discuss the evolving profession of independent irrigation consulting. They recognized the need and potential for consulting services that focused on creating comprehensive, efficient and effective irrigation design solutions free from the conflict of interest that came with the designs provided by manufacturers, distributors and contractors. They also understood that creating comprehensive, efficient and effective design solutions required the skills of a dedicated design professional.

The American Society of Irrigation Consultants was formed in 1970 in part to create fundamental irrigation design standards, improve system efficiencies and eliminate water waste using the most effective combination of products available to address specific demands of each site. Its founding members understood the consequences and the real cost of improper irrigation and were committed to making the industry more accountable and professional.

Sophistication of system design and available equipment was also increasing at that time. The first computerized control system and two wire systems would be introduced to the marketplace a few years later. Concern about water use and water efficiency was evident with Buckner Industry’s “Spend Water Like Money” campaign in the early 1970’s.

The reality that water is a finite resource has put strong pressure and scrutiny on the irrigation industry. Water use efficiency is the new norm, but there is also mounting pressure that “brown is the new green.” As an industry we need to continue to improve system efficiencies—in the design, in the products used, in the proper installation and through managed system use and operation. And as an industry we need to continue to put forward a professional cohesive approach to respond to outside pressures to reduce or eliminate landscape irrigation.

Irrigation will continue to be under scrutiny by public agencies. ASIC has and will continue to work to influence the outcome of the coming regulations. And our professional members will continue to be on the forefront of designing, specifying and overseeing comprehensive irrigation solutions on many of the country’s highest profile projects.