The voluntary partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes companies and organizations that offer water-efficient products and services. Toro was cited for showcasing WaterSense-labeled products at expos and trade shows, for conducting training sessions to educate users on water-management trends and best practices, and for sponsoring scholarships and communications efforts.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has again recognized The Toro Company with a 2020 WaterSense Excellence Award for promoting WaterSense® and water efficiency in 2019.
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of the nation’s water supply by offering consumers and businesses simple ways to use less water with water-efficient products, homes, and services. WaterSense is both a label for water-efficient products and a resource for helping consumers and commercial users identify ways to save water. WaterSense-labeled products, homes, and programs helped consumers and businesses save 871 billion gallons of water in 2019.
As part of its Partner of the Year Awards, the WaterSense program has recognized a total of 28 utilities, manufacturers, builders, and other organizations that are making it possible for consumers and businesses to save billions of gallons of water each year. WaterSense Award winners demonstrate their commitment to saving the precious resource by producing, building, and promoting labeled products and homes that are independently certified to use less water. In addition, WaterSense offers certification programs for water-smart irrigation professionals.
“Since the program started in 2006, our WaterSense partners have made it possible for consumers and businesses to save more than 4.4 trillion gallons of water and $87 billion on utility bills,” said Veronica Blette, WaterSense Program Manager. “Our award winners in particular have gone above and beyond to make water, energy, and money savings easy for Americans.”
WaterSense honored The Toro Company as its Manufacturer Partner of the Year in 2016 and an Excellence Award winner in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Toro was selected as a 2020 Excellence Award winner for showcasing its WaterSense-labeled products at 35 home expos and trade shows, reaching several thousand homeowners and industry professionals. Toro also conducted several training sessions in a variety of locations to educate attendees on water management trends, share best practices, demonstrate WaterSense labeled irrigation products, and provide hands-on product experience.
Toro also once again sponsored the Irrigation Association’s E3 Program that provides scholarships to professional irrigation students; the program awarded students a record number of scholarships last year. It also continued its sponsorship and production of the weekly Water Zone radio program focused on best practices and products for outdoor water efficiency. Since the show has been available on iHeart Radio, it has grown to now be heard by up to 19,000 listeners per month.
“We are proud to continue our partnership with the EPA’s WaterSense program and are inspired by the activities and contributions of all of this year’s winners,” says John McPhee, General Manager, Toro Irrigation and Lighting Businesses. “The responsible use of water drives the work that we do to innovate and educate our customers and business partners worldwide. We are pleased to have these efforts recognized again this year.”
For more information about WaterSense and the 2020 award winners, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.