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EPA WaterSense Turns Focus On Outdoors

Written by Anne Vazquez. Posted in Environment, Exteriors, Facility Management

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Published on November 09, 2011 with No Comments

Irrigation controllers will soon be the first outdoor product eligible to earn the U.S. EPA WaterSense label. The most efficient irrigation controllers, which operate like a thermostat for sprinkler systems by telling it when to turn on and off, may enable building managers to achieve significant reductions in their water consumption and utility costs.

“As much as half of the water we use on our landscapes goes to waste due to evaporation, wind, and improperly scheduled irrigation systems,” said Sheila Frace, director of EPA’s Office of Water’s Municipal Support Division. “WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers are designed to do the thinking for you and apply water only when needed, to ensure a healthy landscape that doesn’t waste water.”

When watering schedules for irrigation system are set during the hottest and driest months and not adjusted when the weather changes, the result is overwatering for much of the year. WaterSense-labeled irrigation controllers, which monitor watering needs based on local weather data, can use significantly less water by applying water only when plants need it—reducing annual water bills and offering convenience and peace of mind while keeping commercial landscapes healthy.

Controllers with the WaterSense label are expected to be available in spring 2012. Like all WaterSense labeled products, WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers must be independently certified to meet EPA’s criteria for water efficiency and performance.

Launched in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers achieve 125 billion gallons of water conservation and more than $2 billion in water and energy bills.

About Anne Vazquez

Anne Vazquez

Vazquez has been writing about facility management since 1996 when she began working at Today's Facility Manager (TFM) as the magazine's Editorial Assistant. From 2000 to 2005, she continued to work in publishing in another subject field until rejoining TFM's editorial team as Managing Editor in February 2005. In September 2012, she was promoted to Editor of TFM, where she continues to seek out solutions and trends for the magazine's facility management audience. Vazquez can be reached at avazquez@groupc.com.

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