Oct. 4 2019 11:32 AM

The winners were recognized Oct. 2 at WaterSmart Innovations.

IA CEO Deborah Hamlin with Eric Olson from Fort Collins Utilities, winner of the Outstanding Public Engagement Award.

Smart Water Application Technologies, a committee of the Irrigation Association, Fairfax, Virginia, has named its inaugural winners of its Outstanding Public Engagement Award and Outstanding Industry Partnership Award.

Outstanding Public Engagement Award

SWAT has named Fort Collins Utilities of Fort Collins, Colorado, as the recipient of its inaugural Outstanding Public Engagement Award. This award recognizes a water provider with a successful program focused on public engagement and education on smart, efficient irrigation technologies and practices.

Fort Collins Utilities’ residential sprinkler audit program educates customers on efficient landscape watering through one-on-one engagement with residents. The utility performs irrigation assessments and develops personalized audit reports with recommendations to help customers reduce inefficiencies in their sprinkler systems that lead to water waste.

Since the program began in 1999, Fort Collins Utilities has provided over 6,000 free residential sprinkler audits and saved the community over 68 million gallons of water. The program staff stays up to date on irrigation technology advancements, incorporating new products into the rebate and education components of the program.

Outstanding Industry Partnership Award

SWAT has named the Region of Peel and the Regional Municipality of York as the recipient of the inaugural Outstanding Industry Partnership Award. This award recognizes a water provider that has successfully implemented a program focused on partnership building with landscape and irrigation professionals to promote outdoor water conservation.

The regions’ Water Smart Irrigation Professional Certification Program aims to reduce water waste and peak water demand in two of the fastest-growing regions of Canada. Program staff train irrigation professionals on best management practices, performing irrigation system assessments using a new and improved tool, and marketing and promotional techniques to drive water-efficient retrofits.

The program’s 82 certified contractors have performed over 600 assessments to date with confirmed savings of over 100 million gallons of water. In addition, the regions estimate a 31-ton reduction of carbon dioxide emissions attributed to treatment and distribution of the saved water.

Both awards were presented at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Oct. 2. More information about these awards is available at www.swatirrigation.org.