2017 Waterpalooza Artwork

Waterpalooza general attendee CEU sessions
and exhibit hall sold out

Registration is still open for our CEU classes taught in Spanish

Join the Carolinas Irrigation Association for our 4th annual Waterpalooza at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum at NCSU on October 26th. A full day with education is offered (irrigation and landscape CEUs will be available!) along with a trade show, networking, and entertainment. Again this year we will be offering multiple classes taught in Spanish!

Due to the tremendous response by attendees and exhibitors, our general attendee CEU classes and our exhibit hall are sold out.  Registration is still open, however, for our CEU classes taught in Spanish.  See the schedule of classes below and use the printable form under "Attendee Registration" to sign up for these courses.  Note: if you are already registered for Waterpalooza and would like to register attendees for the CEUs in Spanish, you will save an additional 20% on each registration.

Schedule of Events

October 25, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
CIA Social
Getting into Raleigh early for Waterpalooza? Join fellow CIA members for an evening of networking with other irrigation and landscaping contractors at Backyard Bistro in Raleigh. Nothing fancy, just an informal get together and all attendees will be responsible for any food or beverages purchased. We hope to see you there!
October 26, 2017
7:00 am - 7:30 am
Registration & Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Developing a Successful Irrigation Service Business
1 NCICLB Business CEU (#11513) / 1 NCLCLB Business CEU (#676)
Rick Arena, SiteOne
Many irrigation contractors would love to shift their business focus away from installation to the highly profitable world of service, but just don't seem to be able to make that move. Many questions and doubts about finding the right people, training them, managing them, and retaining them create mental roadblocks that stifle that dream. We will explore ways around these obstacles that other companies have used to develop successful and profitable irrigation service businesses.
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Town of Cary Reclaimed Water Program
1 NCICLB Irrigation CEU (#11545) / 1 NCLCLB Landscape CEU (#749)
Rick Jordan, Town of Cary
What is reclaimed water, where does it come from, and can you irrigate with it? These are some questions we'll tackle as well as reviewing Cary's irrigation requirements.
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Enforcing the Rules: A Discussion Regarding Complaints and Enforcement
1 NCICLB Business CEU (#11546) / 1 NCLCLB Business CEU (#750)
In this session we will hear from Bob Peter, Case Investigator for both the NCICLB and NCLCLB, who will host a discussion and Q&A session regarding the process of complaints and the enforcement of rules for both organizations.
  • Brandon A. Gurley
    NCICLB Board Chairman
    North American Lawn & Landscape
  • Rana M. Badwan
    NCICLB Board Attorney
    State of NC Department of Justice
  • Erich Kolb, CIC, CLIA (Panel Moderator)
    CIA President
    Seagreen Lawn Care and Irrigation, Inc.
10:30 am - 11:00 am
CIA Annual Business Meeting
.5 NCICLB Business CEU (#11547) / .5 NCLCLB Business CEU (#751)
During the CIA business meeting, our President will discuss top industry legislative efforts, student outreach programs including information on the E3 scholarship for North Carolina students, and important industry updates that contractors won't want to miss!
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Trade Show and Lunch
2 NCICLB Irrigation CEU (#11548) / .5 NCLCLB Business CEU (#752)
Visit with over 15 irrigation and landscape vendors.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Do This, Not That
1 NCICLB Irrigation CEU (#11550) / 1 NCLCLB Landscape CEU (#753)
Jason Gibson, Hunter Industries
From mechanical pitfalls to simply bad installations, this one hour session will showcase examples of design and execution flaws and examine where they went wrong and how contractors can avoid these pitfalls. This presentation will cover how these commonly found mistakes can jeopardize the long-term reliability of the system installed as well as the contracting profession.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Irrigation Troubleshooting
1 NCICLB Irrigation CEU (#11549) / 1 NCLCLB Landscape CEU (#754)
Brad Comer, STI
This class will cover the basics of Irrigation troubleshooting for both conventional and 2-wire systems. We will also review the basic tools of the trade to aid in repairing systems in a timely manner.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Selecting and Installing Booster Pumps
1 NCICLB Irrigation CEU (#11553) / 1 NCLCLB Landscape CEU (#756)
Kurt K. Thompson, K Thompson and Associates
As the demand on potable and reclaimed water systems grows, the available pressure of the water to be used for irrigation is declining, and will continue to decline down to the 45 psi minimum that is required in the code. This course will cover identifying where a booster pump is needed and how to select the correct one. Additionally, the course will identify some installation ideas to build in serviceability.

Irrigation Courses in Spanish
Bring additional staff and save 20% per registration

Waterpalooza also features irrigation courses taught in Spanish. This year we are offering three courses in the afternoon: Minimum Standards; Maintenance, Service and Repair; and Wire and Valve Locator.

Bring additional staff from your company to attendee these valuable courses and save 20% on each attendee's registration. Registration includes lunch during the Trade Show.

October 26, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Minimum Standards
1 NCICLB Irrigation CEU (#11561) / 1 NCLCLB Landscape CEU (#763)
Jaime Bayona, Ewing
This course will discuss the importance that the NC Irrigation Contractors' Licensing Board puts on minimum standards and the purpose they serve for maintaining turf and landscape irrigation best management practices.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Maintenance, Service and Repair
1 NCICLB Irrigation CEU (#11560) / 1 NCLCLB Landscape CEU (#764)
Jaime Bayona, Ewing
Maintenance, Service and Repair will be a good complement to the Minimum Standards class, including a short "hands on" section (15 minutes) to familiarize participants with reading pressure gauges and water meters.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wire and Valve Locator
1 NCICLB Irrigation CEU (#11562) / 1 NCLCLB Landscape CEU (#765)
Jaime Bayona, Ewing
This class will encourage attendees to consider using these great devices as very helpful tools to identify broken or isolated electrical connections, as well as finding missing or hidden valves. We will explain all the advantages of these devices.

Attendee Registration

The general attendee CEU sessions are sold out.  Registration is still open for the CEU classes taught in Spanish.  The cost to register for these sessions is $50 for members and $100 for non-members. Attention: If you are already registered for Waterpalooza and want to bring additional staff to attend the CEUs taught in Spanish, you will save 20% per additional registration. Use the printable form at the link below to register.

Exhibitor Registration
Exhibit Hall is Sold Out!

Thank you to all of the companies who registered and will be joining us in Raleigh on October 26th.

Need a Hotel Room in Raleigh?

Getting in early and need a hotel? Don't forget about the CIA Social at 6:30pm on 10/25 at Backyard Bistro - plan ahead!

  • Arena Suites
    1200 Hurricane Alley Way at Trinity Road 
    Raleigh, NC 27607
    (919) 854-0502
    1.6 mi to Arboretum


If you have any questions about Waterpalooza, please contact the CIA offices at 704-940-7387 or email us at info@carolinasirr.org