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

Voting now underway for WaterWorld's third WaterShots online photo contest

Vote! The voting period for WaterWorld's third WaterShots online photo contest focusing on aging water infrastructure is now underway.

ACE15 opening general session speaker officially announced

The American Water Works Association has officially announced that Dr. Wallace "J" Nichols will serve as the opening general session speaker of the 134th Annual Conference & Exposition, taking place June 7-10 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Stanley Consultants earns Engineering Excellence Award for sanitary sewer design

The American Council of Engineering Companies announced that it has given an Engineering Excellence Honor Award to Stanley Consultants for design of the West Side Diversion Tunnel in the city of Davenport, Iowa.

Advanced dredging technology contributes to Gulf barrier island reconstruction

DSC Dredge announced that it has provided an 8-inch Badger Class dredge to J.E. Borries to assist in an ongoing barrier island reconstruction project along a section of the Mississippi coast following the siltation that occurred during Hurricane Isaac in 2012.

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA