2018 CIA Waterpalooza

Waterpalooza Registration is Now Open

October 25, 2018
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
New Location: McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman St., Raleigh, NC 27606

Waterpalooza CEU imageJoin the Carolinas Irrigation Association on October 25th for our 5th annual Waterpalooza at our new location: McKimmon Center in Raleigh. A full day with education is offered (irrigation and landscape CEUs will be available!) along with a trade show and networking.

Browse this webpage for our schedule of events, CEUs offered, registration fees, exhibitor information and more!  Bring additional staff from your company and save 10% on each individual full education registration.

Schedule of Events

October 24, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CIA Board Meeting
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
CIA Social at Red Monkey
Crabtree Valley Mall, 4325 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612!
Getting into Raleigh early for Waterpalooza? Join fellow CIA members for an evening of networking with other irrigation and landscaping contractors at The Red Monkey at Crabtree Valley Mall 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 25, 2017
7:00 am - 7:30 am
Registration & Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Efficiency, Distribution Uniformity and Nozzles
1 NCICLB Irrigation CEU (#11662) / 1 NCLCLB Landscape CEU (#1130)
Chris Keating, The Toro Company
This class will cover the relationship between irrigation system efficiency and distribution uniformity and how all sprinkler nozzles have an effect on both. Since nozzles deliver the water to the landscape, it's essential to understand how different sprinklers and their available nozzles' uniformity impact scheduling and water use.
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Scheduling Simplified
1 NCICLB Irrigation CEU (#11677) / 1 NCLCLB Landscape CEU (#1131)
Patrick Freeman, FX Luminaire
The class will discuss using precipitation rates of the nozzles combined with water recommendations for turf species from NC State to develop your irrigation schedule. This will be a simple, easy to remember scheduling philosophy that is backed by science to help contractors with their irrigation scheduling.
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Licensing: Procedures, Policies and Promotion
1 NCICLB Business CEU (#11671) / 1 NCLCLB Business CEU (#1132)
Lisa Deubler & Steve Hill
Lisa Deubler with the NCICLB will discuss the technical aspects of license application and renewals, new online options, and details that will help the contractors avoid pitfalls. Lisa will be answering questions related to procedural aspects of licensing. An insurance representative will be on hand to explain Surety Bonds.

A moderated discussion with an NCICLB Board member Steve Hill will answer contractor questions regarding the policies of the Board in handling violations and complaints. “What-if” scenarios will be discussed. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Wrapping up the class will be a discussion of how contractors can and should promote their licensure. The license is here to serve the public and enhance you as a professional.
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Exhibitor Registration and Set Up
All booths must be set up by 10:30 am.
10:30 am - 11:00 am
CIA Annual Business Meeting
.5 NCICLB Business CEU (#11675) / .5 NCLCLB Business CEU (#1133)
This half-hour presentation and discussion will give updates on state and national legislative priorities and also general industry updates that landscape and irrigation contractors alike will find valuable.
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Trade Show and Lunch
2 NCICLB Irrigation CEU (#11676) / .5 NCLCLB Business CEU (#1134)
This two-hour trade show and networking event will feature industry products and services for the professional contractor.
1:00 pm
Exhibitor Booth Break Down
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
A Look at Commercial Insurance in the Field, at the Shop and in the Office
1 NCICLB Business CEU (#11681) / 1 NCLCLB Business CEU (#1135)
Michael Williams, Relation Insurance
For in the Field, this session will address: underground digging operations and coverages for when an underground line is struck; equipment theft and prevention tactics; liability and third party injuries from "your work;" cast debris from field employees on the jobsite; and pollution exposures and coverage.

For in the Shop, we will discuss: the value of updating your current equipment and vehicle schedule/list consistently; equipment inventory of what pieces of equipment to schedule on your policy and ways to speed up the replacement process; premium importance of pre and post operation inspections for driver safety and DOT inspections; leased and rented equipment - when to opt in to the leasing company's insurance offering; and subcontractor agreements and the value of transferring your risk.

For in the Office, we will address: crime insurance and coverages; cyber and how it impacts the construction industry; business income or extra expense - when should you purchase it?; and tenant's legal liability - are you contractually exposed to more than fire legal liability?
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
2-wire vs Conventional Irrigation
1 NCICLB Irrigation CEU (#11678) / 1 NCLCLB Landscape CEU (#1136)
Brad Comer, Smith Turf Irrigation
This class will discuss the pros and cons of both 2-wire installations versus conventional wired systems. Which one is correct for your site or even your own company and employees? All components and pricing techniques will be considered and discussed in detail to help you make the right choice for each job.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Selling Irrigation Efficiency with ROI
1 NCICLB Business CEU (#11672 / 1 NCLCLB Landscape CEU (#1137)
Don Davis, SiteOne
This course will address water use in the modern landscape, how the habits of the irrigator affect industry image, products for efficiency, weather sensors, check valves, specialty nozzles, and pressure regulating sprinklers.

Attendee Registration
Register additional staff and save 10% on full registration cost!

The cost to register for Waterpalooza is $75 for members and $95 for non-members. After October 8th, the cost increases by $20.  A lunch-only ticket is $45; after 10/8, the cost is $55.  Attention: If you are already registered for Waterpalooza and want to bring additional staff to attend, you will save 10% per additional full education registration. Use the registration forms at the links below to register today.

Exhibitor Registration
Join us in our outdoor exhibit hall!

The cost to exhibit at Waterpalooza is $400 for CIA members and $500 for non-members. The exhibit fee includes exhibit space and registration for two company representatives. Register today using the online or print registration form found at the links below. For a map of the exhibit area, click here.

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing at least 7 business days prior to the event (October 16th) to qualify for a refund, less a $15 administrative fee.

Need a Hotel Room in Raleigh?

Getting in early and need a hotel? Don't forget about the CIA Social at 6:30pm on 10/24 at Red Monkey - plan ahead!


If you have any questions about Waterpalooza, please contact the CIA offices at 704-940-7387 or email us at [email protected]