Oct. 12 2020 07:09 AM

WaterSense partners made it possible it possible for consumers and businesses to save 871 billion gallons of water in 2019.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pleased to present eight Sustained Excellence Awards, eight Partner of the Year Awards, and 13 Excellence Awards to WaterSense partners for making it possible for consumers and businesses to save 871 billion gallons of water in 2019. Here are a few of the highlights of how these award-winning partners promoted WaterSense and water efficiency last year.

The 2020 Sustained Excellence Award Winners include:

  • The City of Plano (Texas) created its first-ever Sprinkler Fair in response to residents’ desire for hands-on irrigation education. A total of 45 attendees rotated between five stations focused on various irrigation components that were led by the City of Plano and irrigation professionals, while a new mascot, “Owlbert,” helped teach children how to save water.
  • Sonoma Marin (California) Saving Water Partnership’s has issued nearly 1,000 irrigation professional certifications since the Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper program began, thanks to its work with a number of other organizations that have adopted QWEL. SMSWP also issued 55 new certifications of its own in 2019.

2020 Promotional Partners of the Year include:

  • City of Sacramento (California) Department of Utilities hosted its first Sacramento Water Conservation Showcase; more than 120 homeowners learned about WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers from Rachio, Rain Bird, and Hunter, along with ideas for water-wise plants and landscape designs.
  • Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District hosted a Conservation Garden Fair for 400 regional water users to sign up for water audits, learn about WaterSense labeled product rebates, and exchange old showerheads for WaterSense labeled models.

Professional Certifying Organization Partner of the Year was:

  • The City of Aspen (Colorado) who offered free QWEL trainings to local landscape professionals to ensure that they have a strong cohort of local experts who are able to perform these audits and are trained to practice water-efficient irrigation methods. They also offered a free lunch-and-learn to professionals and even opened training to residents who are interested in water-efficient gardening.

WaterSense also recognizes partners that excelled in a particular aspect of the program.

2020 Excellence Award Winners include:

  • The City of Allen (Texas), Hilton Head (South Carolina) Public Service District, and Placer County (California) Water Agency were honored for Excellence in Education and Outreach.
  • City of Durham (North Carolina) Water Management and Cobb County (Georgia) Water System received awards for Excellence in Outreach and Promoting Labeled Products.
  • The Toro Company won for Excellence in Outreach and Training.
  • City of Flagstaff (Arizona) Water Conservation Program, Municipal Water District of Orange County (California), Sonoma-Marin (California) Saving Water Partnership, and SUEZ North America — New York were honored for Excellence in Promoting Labeled Products.
  • Santa Clarita Valley (California) Water Agency was recognized for Excellence in Multifamily Outreach and Water Score Improvement.
  • G3, Green Gardens Group of Los Angeles was recognized for Excellence in Certification Program Growth.
  • Energy Inspectors Corporation was honored for Excellence in Builder Support.

Learn more about this year’s winners by visiting the WaterSense website.