Recent IA Activities
SWAT Testing Rainfall Shutoff Devices, Developing New Protocols
April 19, 2010
The Smart Water Application Technologies partnership, known as SWAT, announced 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 (October 2009). Rain sensors join “smart” controllers (climate- and sensor-based) as the first types of products available for testing.
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.
IA Submits Comments on WaterSense Weather-Based Irrigation Controller Draft Specification
Jan. 15, 2010
The Irrigation Association submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the draft WaterSense specification for weather-based irrigation controllers. Comments were submitted on behalf of the association by IA’s Smart Water Application Technologies Committee.
Read IA’s comments on the draft specification.
EPA Releases WaterSense Draft Specs for Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers
Nov. 20, 2009
Today, the WaterSense program released its draft specification for weather-based irrigation controllers. The public is invited and encouraged to submit comments directly to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to the opportunity to submit written comments, EPA will be conducting several public meetings regarding the draft specification. The scheduled meetings are as follows:
Dec. 4, 2009
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (CST)
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center (in conjunction with the 2009 Irrigation Show)
San Antonio, Texas
Dec. 16, 2009
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (EST)
Dec. 16, 2009
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EST)