Kings Official Media Release

Kings Team Up With The Regional Water Authority

--Public service campaign encourages Kings fans to tune-up sprinklers this spring--

SACRAMENTO, CALIF., March 8, 2013 – The Sacramento Kings have partnered with The Regional Water Authority in an effort to educate the public about water conservation and efficient landscaping techniques—namely tuning up sprinkler systems to avoid outdoor water waste.

Fans can join the Kings and Regional Water Authority in a commitment to tune-up and repair all sprinklers by taking the “Blue Thumb Pledge” at three home games in March (vs. Milwaukee (3/10), Chicago (3/13) and LA Clippers (3/19) and again in April against Dallas (4/5). Pledge stations will be positioned inside Sleep Train Arena and in front of the Box Office. Anyone making the pledge will earn prizes and a chance to win an autographed Kings jersey. Fans unable to attend can sign-up online at BeWaterSmart.info.

Titled “Do the Sprinkler,” the public service campaign focuses on landscape efficiency and curbing water waste—nearly all of which occurs outdoors. The Sacramento region’s hot, dry climate and long summer season put a strain on water resources, as 65 percent of a household’s annual water consumption is allocated towards landscape irrigation, with a staggering 30 percent of that total lost to overwatering and evaporation.

A solution to reducing water waste is simple: By checking sprinklers and maintaining functional systems, fans will enjoy better looking yards while helping conserve a precious resource. The Regional Water Authority recommends following these 5 easy steps to ensure a finely-tuned sprinkler system:

** Watering yards one zone (valve) at a time.

** Check each valve for adequate water pressure.

** Look for wasteful practices such as sprinklers aimed towards sidewalks, geysers spouting from a broken sprinkler head, excessive runoff from lawn or flower beds and clogged sprinkler nozzles.

** Repair common problems, including misdirected sprinklers, replace damaged heads or nozzles and reduce runoff by dividing watering cycle into shorter time periods.

** Schedule sprinkler operation according to weather conditions and abide by water provider’s guidelines.

Additional information regarding the “Blue Thumb Pledge” is available by visiting BeWaterSmart.info.

About the Regional Water Authority: RWA is a joint powers authority representing 25 water providers and affiliates in the greater Sacramento area. Its primary mission is to help its members protect and enhance the reliability, availability, affordability and quality of water resources.