When John A. Taylor, president and director of operations with Taylor Irrigation Service in Houston, stepped on stage at the South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa in Las Vegas to accept the EPA WaterSense Partner of the Year Award, he was not only the first Texas-based irrigation designer/contractor to win, he was only the fifth overall to take the prestigious award home. He says it’s an honor he regards very highly.
“All of our WaterSense partners have taken steps to reduce our nation’s water use, but several stood out in 2012 for their commitment to the WaterSense program and collaborative efforts to promote WaterSense-labeled products, new homes and outreach and educational programs,” said the Environmental Protection Agency’s acting Assistant Administrator for Water, Nancy Stoner.
Taylor says he is honored to be one of those recipients. He says the award was achieved by changing the entire business model of his company to design and install top-quality irrigation systems that consume as much as 50 percent less water than traditionally installed systems. The use of EPA WaterSense compliant design techniques and products like ET-based controllers that feature the WaterSense logo have helped.
“It’s such a big deal for us,” Taylor says. “But in the acceptance speech I gave I made the point that this award is not the finish line. It’s only the beginning. We’re in this to change the way we look at irrigation. We take our commitment to conservation seriously and changed our entire business model as a result of our dedication.”
Taylor says that those who haven’t gotten on board with conservation should know that it’s “here to stay” and should start thinking about ways they can change their business to conserve more water as well. “Reducing water use is a win on all sides – the homeowner saves money by reducing the water bill, the state you live in preserves natural resources, and you, the irrigator, make a sale that you can feel good about,” Taylor says. “I’ll receive thank-you cards in the mail from my customers, thanking me for saving them money. It’s time to move beyond the inefficient systems now that the new technology is out there. We have to make a change.”