IA Awards Program

National Water & Energy Conservation

Established in 1982, this award honors a company, organization or other group entity that has made significant achievements in the conservation of water and energy due to irrigation procedures, practices, equipment, methods and techniques. Potential nominees include the following:    

  • Water providers  
  • Cities/townships  
  • End users
  • Consulting firms  
  • Universities  
  • Research facilities    


Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (Lubbock, Texas)

The Texas Alliance for Water Conservation began in 2005 and was made possible by a grant from the Texas Water Development Board. The project uses on-farm demonstrations of cropping and livestock systems to compare the production practices, technologies and systems that can maintain individual farm profitability while improving water use efficiency with a goal of extending the life of the Ogallala Aquifer while maintaining the viability of local farms and communities. All production-related decisions are made by the more than 20 producers involved in the project. As part of the TAWC, these area producers partner with researchers, data collection technologies and collaborating partners that include industries, universities and government agencies in an effort to determine the best practices for managing their water.

With the ability to evaluate different management strategies within delivery systems and tillage types found in the region, the TAWC has been able to evaluate the regional economic impacts, total irrigation water use and water use efficiency, crop and livestock productivity and profitability, total input requirements, and impact on natural resources including soil quality and erosion potential and wildlife habitat. 



No winner named in 2015. 



Southern Nevada Water Authority


SNWA was recognized for its contributions to the industry, which include implementing an aggressive water conservation program that offered a variety of resources, services, incentives and information to help the community reduce its water use. One of SNWA’s most successful conservation initiatives is its Water Smart Landscapes rebate program.


The WSL program pays residential and business customers up to $1.50 per square foot to convert lawns to water-efficient desert landscaping. SNWA customers and member agencies can also receive a rebate of up to $200 on the purchase of a qualifying smart irrigation controller.


To date, the WSL program has helped convert more than 170 million square feet of non-functional lawn to water-efficient landscaping, saving Southern Nevada more than 9.5 billion gallons of water annually. Since the program’s inception, more than 52,000 projects have been completed, resulting in a collective water savings of more than 72 billion gallons.




Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, Calif.

Led by Supervising Treatment Plant Operator Tim Linn, the staff of the Palmdale Agricultural Site manages a 12 million gallon-per-day capacity water treatment plant. Their work provides 100 percent treated effluent to irrigate, under center pivot, approximately 2,000 acres of agricultural crops.  Linn and staff have shown the best in water management by navigating regulatory restrictions, crop rotations, nutrient loads and crop water demand to keep up with the county’s constant supply of recycled water. 





Fort Collins, Colo.


The USDA-ARS Water Management Research Unit celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2011. Its scientists and engineers have contributed to dam development, flow metering, irrigation control structures, evapotranspiration, crop water use, center pivot energy management and sprinkler irrigation design and evaluation. Current research is focused on developing management practices that can help sustain irrigated agriculture in the Great Plains and throughout the western United States with declining water supplies. The research is developing better understanding of how crops respond to deficit irrigation and how to maximize productivity with limited water (maximize “crop per drop”). 



Otay Water District

Based in Spring Valley, California, the district has successfully implemented numerous innovative audit, rebate and education programs. Under the direction of Water Conservation Manager William Granger, the district serves more than 191,000 people in southeastern San Diego County. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense Partner since 2007, Otay has conducted more than 1,400 residential surveys, installed almost 3,200 nozzles in single-family homes, and hosted six customer workshops since 2008. Otay also has completed over 190 large landscape audits and implemented an irrigation upgrade program with almost 30 sites.



City of Calgary’s Parks Department



City of Palmdale, California



San Antonio Water System



Town of Cary, North Carolina



Upper Republican Natural Resources District, Nebraska



2001 Southern Alberta Water Sharing Group: Blood Tribe Agricultural Project


St. Mary River Irrigation District (SMRID) Expanded Main Canal Advisory Committee


Southern Water Users Association



Florida’s Water Management Districts: Northwest, South, Southwest, St. Johns River, Suwannee River



Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission



Water Protection Association of Central Kansas



Center for Irrigation Technology



Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District



Walt Disney World Company, Horticulture and Environmental Initiative



Idaho Power Company



Idaho Department of Water Resources, Energy Division



Weston Community, Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Arvada/IMB Partners



Westlands Water District



Metropolitan Water District of Southern California


Imperial Irrigation District and the Environmental Defense Fund



Department of Agricultural Engineering, Cal Poly State University


San Luis Obispo and California Department of Water Resources, Sacramento



CH2M Hill, Portland, Oregon


Eastern Oregon Farming Company, Irrigon, Oregon



High Plains Underground Water District, Lubbock, Texas



Denver Water Department and Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado



A.C. Sarsfield and Northern California Turfgrass Council

and Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association