Recent IA Activities
IA 2010 Legislative Conference
May 18-20, 2010
Job creation through water efficiency was one of the priority issues during IA’s 2010 Legislative Conference. Thirty members heard presentations by policy makers and influencers and participated in more than 45 meetings with elected officials and staffers to discuss issues facing the irrigation industry.
Attendees asked their elected officials to:
- Encourage Senate leaders to include the Wyden water efficiency amendment, a consumer retrofit program for WaterSense-certified products and services, in the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010.
- Support the Wyden water efficiency amendment if scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor.
IA Advocates for WaterSense Rebates
May 7, 2010
Recognizing the need to increase consumer use of irrigation professionals who currently hold an EPA WaterSense certification, the Irrigation Association supports the creation of a consumer-based rebate program, to include the purchase of services from EPA WaterSense irrigation professionals, as a part of the proposed Home Star energy-efficient residential retrofit program. Focusing solely on retrofitting existing residential irrigation systems, the proposed program will incentivize consumers to purchase the services of a WaterSense irrigation partner to make their current irrigation systems more efficient, thus creating substantial water savings for the consumer and economic opportunities for the irrigation industry, which has suffered greatly due to the current economic downturn.
The Irrigation Association is working closely with the WATER Coalition, a broad-based coalition made up of plumbing and irrigation contractors, union members, equipment manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, utilities, environmental groups, water efficiency organizations, and real estate organizations, along with Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), to advocate for the inclusion of this rebate program into Home Star.