Thank you for a great Waterpalooza event!

The Carolinas Irrigation Association hosted its 9th Annual Waterpalooza Conference Oct. 12 and enjoyed networking with the 100+ participants.

The day of learning included 6 education sessions approved for various NCICLB, NCLCLB, and IA education credits, in addition to a busy exhibit hall where attendees caught up on the latest industry trends and innovations.

Waterpalooza is a highly anticipated event each year and the CIA would like to thank each attendee, exhibitor, and volunteer that contributed to this year's success. This industry is fantastic and our time together earlier this month reinforced that sentiment. Please keep an eye out for additional ways to connect throughout the year!

We're finishing 2023 with a few high notes!

Join us in congratulating Kevin McRae as CIA's 2023 award recipient.

The 2023 Dr. Ronald Sneed Friend of the Irrigation Industry Award recognizes an individual that has made a lasting impression and impact on the irrigation industry in the Carolinas region. This year's recipient Kevin McRae, CIC, CLIA, of K2 Irrigation Services, Inc., has served the irrigation industry in many ways.

Kevin currently serves on the Irrigation Association E3 Committee, which sends students and educators to the Irrigation Show and Education Week each year. The Carolinas Irrigation Association sponsors the E3 program, ensuring the next generation of Carolina irrigators are receiving adequate education opportunities. Kevin has also previously served on the CIA Board of Directors and IA's Advocacy Committee and IA's Mentorship Task Force.

"We are thrilled to acknowledge Kevin's contributions over the years," said Clark O'Neill, CIA President. "Kevin has been a pillar in the Carolinas and we couldn't think of anybody more deserving to be recognized with this award."


Know how to flow

Learn how to work with hydraulics to create effective irrigation system designs. Hydraulics and irrigation systems go hand in hand, and you simply can't have a functioning irrigation system without hydraulics. READ MORE

A crew built on knowledge

Establish a strong and loyal team by encouraging education and certification. Hear from Russel Prophit and John Taylor about how they have leveraged ongoing professional development to separate themselves from the competition. READ MORE

Management vs. maintenance

System maintenance can typically be very reactionary, which is one of the primary differences between maintenance and proactive system management. Management includes active irrigation system maintenance, scheduling, monitoring, and evaluation. READ MORE


Irrigation Show & Education Week

Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 2023, San Antonio, TX


CIA Offices Closed for Holiday Break

Dec. 25, 2023 - Jan. 1, 2024

Green & Growin'

Jan. 15-19, 2024, Greensboro, NC


SC Green Conference & Tradeshow

Jan. 24-25, 2024, Columbia, SC



The LandCare Raleigh Branch recently hired Tyler Maccarone as a Production Manager. Tyler joins LandCare with 20 years of service in the green and irrigation industry. LandCare is excited to welcome Tyler to its team!

Irrigation Association announces Fleming Irrigation as its 2023 Changing the Landscape irrigation winner. READ MORE

Craig Borland, of The Toro Company, is recognized as the 2023 Industry Achievement Award by the Irrigation Association. READ MORE

Thank you to our 2023 Associate Members!

Gold Sponsors: Heritage Landscape Supply Group and The Toro Company

Silver Sponsors: Central Turf & Irrigation Supply, Ditch Witch Sales of North Carolina, Ewing Outdoor Supply, HARCO Fittings LLC, Hunter Industries, K-Rain Manufacturing, Rain Bird, SiteOne Landscape Supply and Smith Turf & Irrigation

Basic Sponsors: IrriTech Training and Simmons Irrigation Supply

Learn more about becoming a CIA associate member today!

Carolinas Irrigation Association
8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Suite 630 | Fairfax, VA 22031
703.536.7080 (p) | 703.536.7019 (f) | info@carolinasirr.org