TUCSON, Ariz. – In July, Rain Bird kicked off Project PRS, an initiative that encouraged irrigation professionals to install pressure-regulating irrigation system components to help their clients use less water. Participating contractors could then enter a special Project PRS contest, sharing data about the sites where they installed these components.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, Rain Bird will announce the Project PRS grand prize winner at the Irrigation Show in Austin, Texas. The announcement will take place at 11:45 a.m. at the Rain Bird booth, #1521. Members of the media and all other Irrigation Show participants are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Rain Bird is flying the top three water-saving contractors from Project PRS to the Irrigation Show in Austin, Texas. The contractor who saved the most water will win the grand prize, a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, courtesy of Rain Bird. The three Project PRS finalists are:

  • Melanie Chafin, Treasure Coast Irrigation, Hobe Sound, Fla.
  • Robert Murphy, Lawn Systems, Inc., Fenton, Mo.
  • Rich Olivas, Silverwood Landscape, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Throughout Project PRS, contractors could visit a special website,, to enter the contest and get useful tools and information about pressure regulation. The site included videos, a Twitter feed featuring tweets with the hashtag #ProjectPRS, water-savings calculators and site reports. Every other week, Rain Bird announced a winner based on water savings who received a $500 credit valid for use at their local Rain Bird distributor.

For more information about Project PRS, visit