Irrigation Association volunteers recently spent a day maintaining and improving irrigation systems in Arlington National Cemetery as part of PLANET’s annual Renewal and Remembrance event.


“Our country has given us so much, and this is one small way we can give back,” said IA Treasurer Bob Dobson of Middletown Sprinkler Company (Port Monmouth, N.J.), who coordinated IA’s volunteers and projects. Many irrigation contractors have volunteered in years past, often bringing their families and associates to help.


Continuing last year’s work, IA teams worked to upgrade the irrigation system at the columbaria, auditing the system and improving irrigation efficiency. New irrigation was also installed beside the receiving vault, an area adjacent to the Memorial Rose Garden that serves as a staging area for caisson burials.