SWAT develops performance testing plans for different categories of irrigation products. These “protocols” define science-based methods to evaluate whether products meet established standards for water-use efficiency. Protocols are drafted by irrigation experts, then opened to public comment before being revised and adopted.
SWAT protocols are used by third-party testing agencies to evaluate whether irrigation products submitted by manufacturers actually save water. Many water providers use these test results as the basis for offering rebates and incentives to consumers who are upgrading their sprinkler systems.
Performance test reports are currently available for the following product categories:
See the Testing Protocols page for information about current and past protocols.