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Revised Draft Specification for Irrigation Controllers

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In January 2011, EPA released a revised draft specification for weather-based irrigation controllers for public comment. This revised draft includes several significant changes to the first draft, which are outlined in the supplemental documents below.

Information and supporting material for the first draft, released in November 2009, is also available.

Revised Draft Specification for Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers

WaterSense will release a final specification for weather-based irrigation controllers later this year. Please note the following key dates:

  • September 15 — Partnership opens to manufacturers, retailers, and distributors.
  • October 18 — Training on the performance test at the University of Florida for licensed certifying bodies (LCBs) and their contracted external laboratories.
  • November 3 — Release of final specification.
  • November 8 — Information session with manufacturer partners at the Irrigation Show Exit EPA Disclaimerto review the final specification and the process for labeling products (additional information to follow at a later date).¬† An identical session will be offered by webinar in November or December for those who cannot attend.

Partner With WaterSense

EPA is pleased to invite manufacturers, retailers, and distributors that produce or sell weather-based irrigation controllers to partner with WaterSense. Manufacturers that become WaterSense partners commit to labeling products that meet the final specification within one year. Retailers and distributors are eligible for partnership if they sell, market, and encourage the use of WaterSense labeled products to customers in the United States or Canada within 12 months of execution of a partnership agreement. Partners must sell directly to consumers (e.g., retail stores, showrooms, online stores, or another type of public interface) without requiring installation or consulting services along with the products. Please visit the Become a Partner section of the WaterSense website for more information on joining.

Partnering with WaterSense is easy! WaterSense partners gain access to an online suite of tools and resources to promote their partnership, WaterSense labeled products, and water efficiency in general.

Revised Draft Specification for Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers Supporting Documentation

To assist manufacturers in certifying and labeling their products once the final specification is released, EPA developed guidance on the certification process. Note that certification will not take place until the specification is final.

WaterSense also conducted follow-up research at the University of Florida regarding the use of the Smart Water Application Technologies™ (SWAT) protocol as the performance test for the specification.

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Stakeholder Comments on the Revised Draft Specification for Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers

Interested parties had the opportunity to submit comments until March 21, 2011.

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Public Meeting on the Revised Draft Specification for Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers

On February 23, 2011, WaterSense held two public meeting webinars. For more information, please review:

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First Draft Specification—November 2009

EPA issued an initial draft specification for weather-based irrigation controllers in November 2009. For more information, please review:

Draft Specification for Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers Supporting Documentation

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Stakeholder comments on Draft specification for Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers

Interested parties had the opportunity to submit comments until January 18, 2010

Comments:

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Public Meeting on the Draft Specification for Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers

On December 4, 2009, EPA held a public meeting in San Antonio, Texas, to discuss the Draft Specification for Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers. In addition, WaterSense held two webinars on December 16, 2009. For more information, please review:

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Notification of Intent

On April 19, 2007, EPA hosted a meeting with stakeholders to discuss the technical issues and specification development process for weather-based irrigation control technologies. For more information, please review:

Please contact the WaterSense Helpline at (866) WTR-SENS (987-7367), or e-mail us with questions or comments.

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Certification and Labeling

On September 15, 2008, EPA hosted a webinar to familiarize irrigation manufacturers of weather-based irrigation controllers with the WaterSense certification and labeling process. For more information, please review:

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