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    

2016

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. 

 

2015

No winner named in 2015. 

 

2014

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.

 

 

2012

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. 

 

 

2011

USDA-ARS

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”). 

 

2010

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.

 

2009

City of Calgary’s Parks Department

 

2008

City of Palmdale, California

 

2006

San Antonio Water System

 

2005

Town of Cary, North Carolina

 

2004

Upper Republican Natural Resources District, Nebraska

 

2003

2001 Southern Alberta Water Sharing Group: Blood Tribe Agricultural Project

and 

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

and 

Southern Water Users Association

 

2002

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

 

2000

Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission

 

1999

Water Protection Association of Central Kansas

 

1998

Center for Irrigation Technology

 

1997

Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District

 

1996

Walt Disney World Company, Horticulture and Environmental Initiative

 

1995

Idaho Power Company

 

1993

Idaho Department of Water Resources, Energy Division

 

1992

Weston Community, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

and 

Arvada/IMB Partners

 

1991

Westlands Water District

 

1990

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

and 

Imperial Irrigation District and the Environmental Defense Fund

 

1986

Department of Agricultural Engineering, Cal Poly State University

and 

San Luis Obispo and California Department of Water Resources, Sacramento

 

1985

CH2M Hill, Portland, Oregon

and 

Eastern Oregon Farming Company, Irrigon, Oregon

 

1984

High Plains Underground Water District, Lubbock, Texas

 

1983

Denver Water Department and Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

 

1982

A.C. Sarsfield and Northern California Turfgrass Council

and Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association