Smart Water Application Technology Program for Irrigation Systems

The Irrigation Association/Water Purveyor sponsored Smart Water Application Technology (SWAT) project you might have heard about is launching. We are now seeking funds for a nationwide $1,000,000 education campaign. The SWAT
Committee is soliciting $500,000 from water utilities, manufacturers and landscapers with the intention of applying for matching fund grants from EPA and/or the Bureau of Reclamation. Details about the market transformation strategy may be found at irrigation.org. You can also call with any questions you may have: Jill  641-984-4706 or Jenna 216-684-5955.

SWAT Program Details

Irrigation control technologies, such as weather monitoring sprinkler clocks or soil moisture sensors, have been proven in agriculture and urban parks systems. Until recently these products were priced out of the residential and light commercial markets. Recent advances in these technologies are bringing prices in range for these customers. Water purveyors are in a unique position for assisting conservation tested products to gain market share due to the growing need for managing summer peak demand.

Several products have been tested all over the country, however inconsistent methodology can make comparing results difficult. The SWAT project is focused on developing a nationally accepted conservation testing protocol for sensor/controller products and transforming the market for wider acceptance of conservation tested smart water application technology.

Information about the parallel SWAT project, Climate-based controller and Soil Moisture Sensor testing is also available at irrigation.org. Results from conservation testing will be used in market transformation materials as they become available. There is a lot of work to be done in both projects. Thank you for your interest in these cutting edge projects. I hope to see you on the front lines.

Resolution Supporting Smart Water Application Technology

The SWAT Market Transformation Plan and Implementation is the result of very hard working committee members and the company or agency supporting their involvement (listed alphabetically by first name):
David Zoldoske, Center for Irrigation Technology, California State
University in Fresno Doug Bennett, Southern Nevada Water Authority Jenna
Smith, Seattle Public Utilities Jill Hoyenga, Eugene Water & Electric Board
Jeff Sheehan, California Landscape Contractors Association Larry Rohlfes,
California Landscape Contractors Association Lou Bendon, Planned Marketing
Solutions Inc Rick Sabbag, Planned Marketing Solutions Inc Robert Reaves,
Hydropoint Data Systems Inc.
Ron Wolfarth, Rain Bird Corporation
Tom Kimmell, Irrigation Association
Warren Gorowitz, Ewing Irrigation

The plan would not have been possible without the generous contributions of
the following companies/agencies:
Rain Bird Corporation
Seattle Public Utilities
Las Vegas Valley Water District
Eugene Water & Electric Board
San Antonio Water System
California Landscape Contractors Association Aqua Conserve Inc Oregon
Landscape Contractors Association

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