EPA Action: Agency cultivates water-efficient landscapes with WaterSense label

Also in this report: Agency fines local contractor for destroying wetlands outside Rochester, NY; Merisol USA, agency partner to reduce hazardous chemicals; Agency effort addresses Rhode Island's harmful sewage overflows - Wastewater utility, five municipalities ordered to comply; Agency to hold informal public input period on corrective measures study proposal for GE/Housatonic River project...

In other news below:
-- EPA fines local contractor for destroying wetlands outside Rochester
-- Merisol USA partners with EPA to reduce hazardous chemicals
-- EPA effort addresses Rhode Island's harmful sewage overflows - Wastewater utility, five municipalities ordered to comply
-- EPA to hold informal public input period on corrective measures study proposal for GE/Housatonic River project

Agency cultivates water-efficient landscapes -- WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 22, 2007 -- Just in time for the spring gardening season, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing its first WaterSense label for landscape irrigation. As part of the agency's new water-efficiency partnership program, two certification programs for landscape irrigation professionals received the WaterSense label for their adherence to water-saving techniques.

"Landscapes can use less water and still be beautiful and healthy," said EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Benjamin H. Grumbles. "WaterSense irrigation partners can help you find the solution that makes sense for your lawn or garden -- as well as your wallet and the environment."

The first WaterSense label has been issued to the Irrigation Association's (IA) Certified Irrigation Designer program and Certified Irrigation Contractor program. To earn the WaterSense label, IA's certification programs must test for the ability to design, install and maintain water-efficient landscape irrigation systems, including tailoring systems to the surrounding landscape, selecting water-efficient equipment, tracking local climate conditions, and developing appropriate schedules for watering.

IA's certified irrigation contractors and certified irrigation designers are now eligible to become WaterSense partners and may use the WaterSense partner logo to promote their water-efficient landscape and irrigation services to consumers. EPA is inviting professionals through these programs who share a commitment to water efficiency to become partners and help consumers save water and money while maintaining their yards.

WaterSense is a voluntary public-private partnership that identifies and promotes high-performance products and programs that help preserve the nation's water supply. The WaterSense program seeks to generate support for consumer use of water-efficient products such as high-efficiency toilets, water-saving faucets, and, in the future, weather-based controllers and soil moisture sensors for lawns and gardens.

For more information, on:
• WaterSense: click here
• Certification Programs for Irrigation Professionals: click here
• Partnership Agreements for Certified Professionals: click here

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Among other recent agency action:
-- "EPA Fines Local Contractor for Destroying Wetlands Outside Rochester" (2/21/07)
-- "Merisol USA partners with EPA to reduce hazardous chemicals" (2/20/07)
-- "EPA Effort Addresses Rhode Island's Harmful Sewage Overflows - Wastewater Utility and Five Municipalities Ordered to Comply" (2/20/07)
-- "EPA to Hold Informal Public Input Period on Corrective Measures Study Proposal for GE/Housatonic River Project" (2/20/07)

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In earlier "EPA Action" reports, see: "New England enforcement cases show need for chemical accident prevention"

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