John Brooks builds a brass pop up spray head


Rain Bird introduces the vertical impact drive sprinkler

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


Paige was founded

& continues to lead the world in the design, engineering and manufacturing of quality irrigation cables and electrical products


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


Chet Sarsfield launched Irrigation Technical Services (ITS)

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


John T. and Allen J. Munro opened Munro Companies in Grand Junction, CO,

and quickly became a pump authority in the Rocky Mountain Region


Toro introduces the first valve-in-head sprinkler


Apollo 11 lands on the moon

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


ASIC has its inaugral meeting in San Francisco, CA

Russ Mitchell, FASIC is one of the founding members


ASIC incorporated in the State of California

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


Introduction of Texas Instrument SR-10 Calculator

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


Southern California Chapter of ASIC is formed


NorCal Chapter meeting agenda

Dedication of the Roy Williams Memorial Garden


KCS Controller

Johns-Manville introduces the first solid state control timer


Radio Shack TRS-80 and Apple IIe Introduced


MCI was founded

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


Hunter Industries is founded by Edwin J. Hunter.

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


Irrigation Design Assist Software (aka IDA) introduced

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


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


AB 325, California's first Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance

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


AutoCad R-13

First release to operate in Windows environment


Tucor installed its first decoder controller

with a phone modem and Remote monitoring software


15th Annual ASIC Conference, Santa Fe, NM


Chet and Wanda Sarsfield retire as ASIC Executive Director and Secretary


DIG first introduced the LEIT X product line

and has since released the LEIT XRC line, the LEIT 4000, the LEIT 2 ET and the LEIT 1 single-station controller


PPS begins manufacturing modular pump station enclosure systems


Golf Course Irrigation: Environmental Design and Management is published

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


Harco introduced patented swivel joint system,

providing quick and easy installation of lateral to main connections


AutoCad dynamic block is introduced


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

Stephen also served as ASIC President in 1996-1998


AB1881-- California MEWLO is updated


Green Industry Hall of Fame Inductees

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


Watertronics introduces Quickship Product Line

The Vertical Turbine and WaterMax 5000 Quickship offered high-quality designs, controls and functionality, but with faster delivery times


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.