“ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO, I COULD SEE WERE THE FUTURE OF WATER WAS HEADED, AND I UNDERSTOOD WE NEEDED TO CHANGE OUR APPROACH. I DECIDED TO EDUCATE MYSELF IN WATER CONSERVATION AND START A COMPANY THAT WOULD HELP CONSERVE WATER USE IN LANDSCAPING AND AGRICULTURE ”
From irrigation design and central control systems to water conservation strategies and water audits, Kodi Farnworth, president of Advanced Irrigation Solutions, says, “I’m really interested in working in water conservation. To date, I have saved over 70 million gallons per year on various landscape irrigation systems I have designed or adjusted. My motivation is to save water by educating people in the irrigation industry about proper design, uniformity, matched precipitation, the use of the correct materials for the new installation, methods to remodel existing systems to cut there water use by 20 to 60 percent.” Farnworth’s AIS is experienced with large-scale commercial projects as well as residential projects.
What geographic area(s) do you serve?
Sun Valley, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, Jackson. Eventually, everywhere!
What are some of your special qualifications?
I am a certified backflow tester and I’ve taken the certified landscape irrigation auditor class, and the certified irrigation contractor class, as well as courses in advanced irrigation design for water conservation. I’m a level 3 Maxicom Certified Central Control manager. I’m also currently working on my certified irrigation designer classes.
What inspired you to work towards water conservation?
About 10 years ago, I could see where the future of water was headed, and I understood we needed to change our approach. I decided to educate myself in water conservation and start a company that would help conserve water use in landscaping and agriculture while still keeping plants alive.
Who do you admire?
People who are willing to make a difference in water conservation.
What are some notable projects you have worked on?
Mountain Home AFB, Sun Valley Co. Condos, Huntsman Springs in Jackson, The Lodges at Fish Creek in Jackson, and the Latter Day Saints Temple in Twin Falls.
What’s your process?
I meet with clients to determine their needs, and often meet with the landscape architect as well. I then determine the current state of the site. If it’s an existing system, I look at what it will take to correct the existing issues. I aim to cut the water use of each system by at least 50 percent. On a new site, I design the best system to water efficiently and pair that system with smart technology to manage the site.
Could you share a few projects with which you have had notable success?
I recently designed a system for a property in Sun Valley that now uses 70 percent less water than houses of the same size with comparable lots. I’ve outfitted Sun Valley’s Blaine County School District with central control and water management tools and by doing so, reduced the water usage by 50,000,000 gallons a year.
What is the difference between a good irrigation system and a bad one?
A good (or great!) water system can be achieved for less than 10 percent more than the cost of a traditional water system. In addition, a good water system uses 40 to 60 percent less water than a traditional system, both conserving water and saving considerable money on water bills.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working on ways to conserve water?
Riding my horse and just being at peace in the mountains.
What is a book you would recommend?
Cadillac Desert—to get a solid understanding of our water issues in the West.