EPA honors leaders in water-saving innovation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored 20 water utilities, manufacturers, developers and companies for protecting the surroundings through developing and selling WaterSense classified fixtures, houses and packages. EPA’s WaterSense companions have helped Americans shop more than 2.7 trillion gallons of water and $63.Eight billion on application payments since 2006.

“Through their dedication to water efficiency, our companions are supporting to convert the marketplace for water-green, excessive-performing merchandise and houses,” said EPA Office of Water Assistant Administrator Dave Ross. “The 2018 EPA WaterSense award winners are making our communities and economic system more potent whilst serving as fashions for others to comply with.”

The winners had been chosen from extra than 1,900 WaterSense partners, which include utilities, nearby governments, producers, outlets, distributors, developers, and other groups who have partnered with EPA to produce and promote water-green merchandise, programs and homes.

The Toro Company, Bloomington, Minnesota, become commemorated for the third consecutive yr as a WaterSense Excellence Award winner for education and outreach efforts ranging from scholarships for students to attend the Irrigation Association Show, to sponsorship of the award-prevailing Water Zone radio show. The radio show discusses water-saving outdoor practices and products to an ever-developing target market of 5 million humans. In 2017, Toro elevated its social media interest associated with water efficiency and took part in or conducted dozens of schooling programs presenting WaterSense-classified products, attaining numerous thousand homeowners and professionals.

“The accountable use of water is an crucial recognition of our commercial enterprise. Communicating with and helping to train those we do business with, in addition to the general public, is prime to developing and maintaining our green areas,” says John McPhee, preferred supervisor, Toro Irrigation and Lighting Businesses. “We appreciate that the EPA maintains to recognize our efforts and stay up for persevering with to paintings collectively in this very crucial undertaking.”

Hunter Industries, San Marcos, California, became the primary manufacturer to earn the WaterSense label for irrigation spray sprinkler our bodies. These gadgets regulate stress to reduce outdoor water waste in irrigation systems. Noticing that many contractors were reluctant to install Wi-Fi-enabled climate-based irrigation controllers, Hunter additionally performed full-size studies to apprehend the obstacles to uptake of the products. Based on the consequences, Hunter advanced a brand new climate-based controller that higher manages the needs of contractors with waft meter connection capabilities, failure reporting, and day by day watering schedule adjustments primarily based on local situations. Several of the nineteen WaterSense categorized fashions Hunter launched in 2017 have been engineered with those water-saving functions to inspire great practices for irrigation control inside the complex structures that contractors encounter.

“Through innovation and commitment, our companions are helping to transform the marketplace for water-efficient, high-acting merchandise and houses,” says Veronica Blette, WaterSense application manager. “The WaterSense Sustained Excellence, Partner of the Year, and Excellence Award winners are leading the charge to shop water, power and money for future generations.”

The 2018 Sustained Excellence Award Winners are as follows:

Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department (Georgia) acquired its 2nd Sustained Excellence Award. In addition to web hosting patron events and a pledge pressure to reduce water use, the county subsidized an art contest to paint hearth hydrants to teach consumers at some stage in Fix a Leak Week 2017.
The town of Charlottesville, Virginia, earned its first Sustained Excellence Award with creative outreach procedures throughout the area’s first great drought in a decade. The metropolis hosted a 5k family avenue race throughout Fix a Leak Week and reached owners with water conservation messages in the course of the drought thru a climate-related app for smartphones.
Cobb County Water System (Georgia) earned its second Sustained Excellence Award after it addressed a Level 2 drought in 2017 with a new “Drought Busters” outreach campaign. The application additionally focused on multifamily water savings through selling the EPA Water Score tool to assist constructing proprietors tune and enhance water use.
Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District obtained its first Sustained Excellence Award, focusing on assessments to assist homeowners and corporations reduce water use and offering WaterSense categorised toilet rebates to make it easy for them to accomplish that. The District provided its fifty five member utilities with toolkits to promote WaterSense campaigns and hosted a Water Drop Dash 5k race.
American Standard, a part of LIXIL, (New Jersey) earned its first Sustained Excellence Award after increasing the number of WaterSense categorized merchandise it allotted to shops by using 34 percentage in 2017 as compared to the previous yr. Its revolutionary, award-triumphing, water-saving lavatories and other products had been on show at change suggests and inside the enterprise’s Beauty in Motion Mobile Showroom during 2017.
Delta Faucet Co. (Indiana) a four-time Sustained Excellence Award winner, promoted its WaterSense labeled merchandise through displays at large-box shops. It also released a software to increase focus of clever domestic technology gadgets that help owners discover leaks and pooling water before they come to be water waste.
KB Home (California) earned its fourth Sustained Excellence Award for its endured dedication to building homes to fulfill the WaterSense specification. In addition to completing one hundred seventy WaterSense categorised homes, the organization established WaterSense categorised plumbing fixtures in all the houses it constructed in 2017.
Energy Inspectors Corp. (Nevada) acquired its first Sustained Excellence Award. The licensed certification provider inspected and licensed all the houses that fellow WaterSense associate KB Home labeled in 2017. To increase its guide for the WaterSense classified home marketplace, the enterprise skilled 12 additional raters in 2017.
Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (SMSWP) (California) earned its 2nd Sustained Excellence Award as a professional certifying employer. The partnership hosts a certification software that different agencies can undertake to certify irrigation experts who are educated on water-efficient techniques. To date, SMSWP’s Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper application has licensed greater than 2,500 experts.
2018 Promotional Partners of the Year

EPA also honored 4 utilities and organizations with the WaterSense Partner of the Year Award:

The Broward Water Partnership (Florida), a collaboration of 18 utilities and municipalities in Broward County, received its first WaterSense Partner of the Year Award for creating a series of YouTube videos selling water conservation and its rest room rebate software.
Citrus County Utilities (Florida) earned its 1/3 Partner of the Year Award for helping college students take a look at lavatories in faculties for leaks, which led to identifying ninety leaks. The utility also furnished free irrigation audits and allotted masses of free WaterSense categorized showerheads and faucet aerators.
The metropolis of Fort Worth (Texas) labored with different companions to provide greater than 200 water audits and water-green landscaping seminars for citizens, as well as free facility water use tests for industrial and institutional clients. The city’s SmartFlush Toilet Program disbursed extra than 3,500 WaterSense labeled lavatories to residential low-earnings and business clients.
The town of Plano (Texas) held workshops and classes for clients on solving leaks and Sprinkler Repair, along with WaterSense’s Fix a Leak Week and Sprinkler Spruce-Up campaigns. The metropolis additionally provided loose WaterSense categorized showerheads, water-saving tap aerators, and lavatory flappers for Fix a Leak Week and hosted a WaterWise Landscape Tour.
Eight WaterSense partners obtained Excellence Awards to recognize their help for a selected element of this system in 2017:

metropolis of Durham Water Management (North Carolina), city of Frisco (Texas), and Sacramento Suburban Water District (California), for Excellence in Education and Outreach.
Alliance for Water Efficiency for Excellence in Strategic Collaboration.
Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (California) for Excellence in Promoting WaterSense Labeled Products.
Toro for Excellence in Education and Public Relations.
Hunter Industries (San Marcos, California) for Excellence in Labeled Products within the Marketplace.
San Diego County Water Authority (California) for Excellence in Certification Program Growth.
WaterSense, a partnership program backed by way of EPA, seeks to protect the future of the state’s water supply by way of supplying Americans a easy way to apply less water with water-efficient merchandise, homes, and offerings. WaterSense categorized products, that are independently certified to apply at the least 20 percentage much less water and carry out as well or higher than standard models, were on the market because 2007. Today there are extra than 27,000 categorized fashions, including products used in residential and business bathrooms, commercial kitchens, and outside irrigation. EPA’s WaterSense application certifies homes with WaterSense labeled furnishings and features. To date more than 1,000 homes have earned the WaterSense label.