Irrigation industry partnership develops new testing protocols

Sponsored by

FALLS CHURCH, VA, April 19, 2010 -- The Smart Water Application Technologies™ partnership, known as SWAT, announces several advances in its testing protocol program.

An initiative of the Irrigation Association, SWAT is a partnership of water purveyors and irrigation industry representatives created to promote efficient landscape irrigation technologies through product performance testing.

Rainfall shutoff devices are now eligible for SWAT testing, offered in conjunction with the University of Florida under the direction of Dr. Michael D. Dukes, associate professor and irrigation specialist. Testing is expected to begin in early May and will be measured against the SWAT 3rd Draft Testing Protocol (Oct. 2009). Rain sensors join "smart" controllers (climate- and sensor-based) as the first two types of products available for testing.

Additionally, two new testing protocols are currently in development:

• At North Carolina State University (Raleigh, N.C.), Dr. Garry Grabow is developing a testing protocol for pressure regulating sprinklers.
• Dr. Kelly Kopp at Utah State University (Logan, Utah) is writing a protocol for multiple-stream multiple-trajectory sprinklers.

Initial draft protocols will be available for public review this summer; developers expect second drafts to be completed by the end of 2010.

To review protocols or for more information, visit www.swatirrigation.org

About The Irrigation Association
Dedicating to promoting efficient irrigation, the Irrigation Association counts more than 2,000 corporate and technical members. The recognized authority on irrigation, IA is the leading organization for irrigation equipment and system manufacturers, dealers, distributors, designers, consultants, contractors and end users. For more information, visit www.irrigation.org.

###

Sponsored by

TODAY'S HEADLINES

FL water district, agricultural partners explore innovative rainwater harvesting techniques

Trader Hill Farms in Nassau County, Fla., will be implementing an innovative technique of rainwater harvesting that will be used to irrigate crops, ultimately conserving fresh groundwater and reducing nutrient loading to area waterways.

Water Environment Federation named as 2015 Top Workplace

The Water Environment Federation recently announced that The Washington Post has named the organization as one of the top places to work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Placing #61 among small companies, WEF was recognized for exceptional workforce management.

AWWA elects new executive director of Government Affairs

American Water Works Association Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance announced that water policy leader G. Tracy Mehan, III has been named AWWA's executive director of Government Affairs.

WRF to host webcast series addressing drought management, communications

The Water Research Foundation has announced that it will host a four-part webcast series in July to address sustainable drought management and communications that can be applied to a variety of needs and conditions that local utilities may face. 

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

  

 


© 2015. PennWell Corporation. All Rights Reserved. PRIVACY POLICY | TERMS AND CONDITIONS