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WeatherTRAK Selected For Southern Living 2005 Idea House

HydroPoint Data Systems, Inc., the leader in weather-based irrigation management, today announced that the WeatherTRAK(R) ET plus irrigation controller has been selected for the Southern Living 2005 Green Idea House in Atlanta, Georgia.

WeatherTRAK will provide automated weather-based landscape irrigation to the home, which will be featured in the August 2005 issue of Southern Living. WeatherTRAK ET plus was selected because the product line has been proven in more than seven years of independent scientific study to reduce water use by up to 59 percent and runoff pollution by as much as 71 percent.

The WeatherTRAK weather-based controller protects property investments by optimizing landscape health and eliminating the high costs and risks of overwatering, including high water bills, fines, diseased plants, hardscape damage, cracked slabs, slope erosion and mold. Both eco-friendly and fiscally sound, WeatherTRAK is a natural fit for the 2005 Green Idea House, developed by Green Street Properties using techniques that reduce operating costs and create lasting value. Paul Morgan, owner of The RainHarvest Company and an authorized WeatherTRAK ACE installer based in Atlanta, managed the implementation of the home's eco-friendly landscape irrigation system.

"We picked WeatherTRAK for the project because it's the only controller that maximizes water savings year after year," said Mr. Morgan.

"The Southern Living Idea House presents an ideal opportunity to showcase WeatherTRAK's ability to benefit homeowners, builders and the environment," said Chris Spain, president and CEO of HydroPoint.

"Customers report hundreds of dollars of savings on their water bills. At the same time, builders avoid tremendous expense and liability. Everybody wins because WeatherTRAK protects precious water supplies for the future."

WeatherTRAK-enabled controllers are available from The Toro Company, Irritrol Systems, Inc. and HydroPoint. All WeatherTRAK controllers include Scheduling Engine(TM) software, which creates watering schedules that cater to the needs of plants in each landscape zone. Every night, the WeatherTRAK ET Everywhere(TM) service transmits detailed, local weather reports to a built-in radio within each controller. Better than having a weather station in the backyard, the service triggers adjustments to the watering schedule as warranted by local weather conditions.

The WeatherTRAK offering is completed with proactive customer service, which ensures that water savings are sustained for the long term.

This unique combination of science and service has made WeatherTRAK the proven standard for weather-based irrigation management. Water agencies throughout the United States are encouraging adoption of WeatherTRAK controllers with rebate programs, similar to those offered for water efficient clothes washers and low-flow toilets.

The Southern Living Idea House, located at 941 Faith Avenue, will be open for tours from June 18 - October 2 (1-888-253-3223; The public may tour the home Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm. Ticket prices are $10. Proceeds will benefit Earth Share of Georgia, an environmental fund-raising organization that supports environmental groups across the state. For more information, call 888-253-3223.

To learn more about WeatherTRAK-enabled controllers from HydroPoint, Toro and Irritrol, register for a free online demonstration. Hosted every Tuesday at 5:30 pm Eastern Time, online demonstrations can also be scheduled for alternate times and days. To register, contact Sharon Connelly at 707-285-3251 or [email protected].

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