IA welcomes release of final specs for sensor-based controllers

The Irrigation Association (IA) welcomed the release of the EPA WaterSense Specification for Soil Moisture-Based Irrigation Controllers. With the release of this specification, consumers will now have more choices than ever for WaterSense-labeled irrigation technologies available on the market.

“We thank WaterSense for their leadership in spearheading the development of this specification,” said John Farner, IA’s industry development director. “Soil moisture sensors are an effective tool to ensure that water is being used efficiently, while promoting plant health.”

Soil moisture-based irrigation controllers now join weather-based controllers, spray sprinkler bodies and professional certifications in the WaterSense portfolio of labeled irrigation technologies and programs. Like weather-based irrigation controllers, WaterSense-labeled soil moisture sensors can be stand-alone controllers or “add-on” or “plug-in” devices that can be used in tandem with an existing controller to help it water more efficiently.

“The Irrigation Association looks forward to our continued partnership with the WaterSense program,” continued Farner. “Since its inception, the IA has stood with WaterSense to enhance the market for water-efficient technologies, products and services. As demand for these products continues to grow, so does the importance of this public-private partnership.”

With the release of the specification, these products can earn the WaterSense label. Manufacturers, retailers and distributors that produce or sell soil moisture sensors are welcome to join the program as WaterSense partners and begin applying to label or promote labeled sensors. For more information about the WaterSense Specification for Soil Moisture-Based Irrigation Controllers, please visit www.epa.gov/watersense/soil-moisture-based-control-technologies.