The Environmental Protection Agency has issued its first WaterSense labels for water-efficient landscapes. In recognition of their water-saving techniques, two Irrigation Association certification programs for landscape irrigation professionals have received the WaterSense label as part of the EPA’s effort to promote water efficiency through a partnership program.
The EPA granted the first WaterSense labels to the IA’s Certified Irrigation Designer program and Certified Irrigation Contractor program. Earning the WaterSense label involved testing for the ability to design, install and maintain water-efficient landscape irrigation systems, including adapting systems to the environment, choosing water-efficient equipment, monitoring local climate conditions and creating appropriate schedules for watering.
Those who complete the programs to become IA’s Certified Irrigation Contractors and Certified Irrigation Designers qualify to become WaterSense partners and may use the WaterSense logo, in addition to the IA certification logo, to promote their services to consumers. Through these programs, the EPA encourages professionals who are committed to water efficiency to become partners and help consumers conserve water and save money in their landscapes.
The WaterSense program, a public-private partnership designed to recognize high-performance products and services that help conserve water, aims to generate support for use of water-efficient products such as water-saving faucets and water-efficient toilets, as well as weather-based controllers and soil moisture sensors for lawns and gardens.
The IA, which became the first WaterSense partner in November, has WaterSense applications pending for other programs, including the Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor and the Certified Golf Irrigation Auditor programs.