Irrigation Association Wins 2013 WaterSense® Partner of the Year Award
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Posted by: Melonie Walter
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FALLS CHURCH, VA. (Oct. 3, 2013) — The Irrigation Association has been named the 2013 WaterSense Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, making the association the first professional certifying agency partner to win this prestigious award.
"It’s an incredible achievement for the association and especially our members,” said IA Executive Director Deborah Hamlin, CAE. "As a long-time WaterSense partner, we are committed to promoting efficient irrigation and encouraging industry stakeholders to seek out our labeled certifications — and any labeled products — in the marketplace.”
The WaterSense Partner of the Year award recognizes those partners who help advance the mission of WaterSense, increase awareness of the WaterSense label in a measurable way and increase the adoption of water-efficient practices among their constituents or community.
The association was honored with this award due to its exemplary efforts to make its certifications more readily available to irrigation professionals through targeted marketing campaigns, more computer-based sites, the addition of paper-pencil testing following a class, discounted exam registration during Smart Irrigation Month and the expansion of references available for certified irrigation contractor candidates.
IA President and WaterSense Partner Bob Dobson and key members of IA staff, including Hamlin, Government Affairs Director John Farner and Industry Development Director Brent Mecham, accepted the award on behalf of the association at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition earlier today, Oct. 3, in Las Vegas, Nev.
"Our work to promote efficient irrigation does not end here,” said Hamlin. "We look forward to continuing and expanding our partnership with WaterSense to spread the word about why efficiency is a necessary part of all irrigation systems. We thank WaterSense for their continued leadership and focus on water-use efficiency and look forward to many years of partnership ahead.”
IA became involved in the WaterSense program from its inception in 2006 and, by February 2007, had received the WaterSense stamp of approval on four of its certification exams: certified irrigation designer, certified irrigation contractor, certified landscape irrigation auditor and certified golf irrigation auditor. To date, EPA has a total of 1,077 WaterSense partners labeled through IA certification programs.
As a WaterSense partner, IA not only promotes the program and the label in the marketplace but also collaborates with the EPA through the Smart Water Application Technologies initiative. WaterSense based the specification for weather-based irrigation controllers on SWAT’s testing protocol. There are currently 172 WaterSense-labeled models available in the marketplace. WaterSense is also working with SWAT on the development of a soil moisture-based irrigation controller specification.
For more information on obtaining one of IA’s WaterSense-labeled certifications, visitwww.irrigation.org/certification. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense for more information about the WaterSense program.
About the Irrigation Association
The Irrigation Association is the leading membership organization for irrigation companies and professionals. Together with our members, we are committed to promoting efficient irrigation and to long-term sustainability of water resources for future generations. IA works to improve industry proficiency, advocate sound water management and grow demand for water-efficient products and services. For more information, visit www.irrigation.org.
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes and services. Since the program’s inception in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save 487 billion gallons of water and $8.9 billion in water and energy bills. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.