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The Toro Company recently honored

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The company’s efforts to promote “Smart Irrigation Month” recognized.

| October 10, 2013

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Recently, Assemblyman Eric Linder, representing the 60th Assembly District in the State of California, honored The Toro Company for its support of “Smart Irrigation Month” and for its coordinating efforts with local water districts, cities and the State of California to proclaim the month of July as “Smart Irrigation Month.”

For the first time since 2005, when the Irrigation Association first launched “Smart Irrigation Month,” the Governor issued a declaration recognizing July as “Water Smart Month in the State of California.” The intent was, as he stated, to help “increase water awareness throughout the state” and to “invite all Californians to practice more sustainable water consumption.”  Recognizing the importance of using our water resources wisely, The Toro Company reached out to government agencies and elected officials at multiple levels to proclaim the month of July as “Smart Irrigation Month.”

“If nothing else, we hope that by promoting ‘Smart Irrigation Month’ people will take a closer look at where they are using water and recognize that changing the habits of their water consumption will have a huge impact on our water supplies,” says Phil Burkart, vice president of the company’s Irrigation Business and acting past president of the Irrigation Association. “From fixing a leaky faucet to upgrading water guzzling sprinkler nozzles or converting an area to drip irrigation, consumers can save money by making a few simple changes to use water more efficiently indoors and outdoors.”

The Toro Company was successful in proclaiming the month of July as “Smart Irrigation Month” in three states, eight cities and two water districts including: The State of California, the State of New Jersey, the State of Oklahoma, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Riverside, the City of Ontario, the City of Upland, the City of Grand Terrace, the City of Chino, the City of Chino Hills, the City of Loma Linda, the Cucamonga Valley Water District, and the San Bernardino City Water District.

“We are thrilled with the civic participation we have seen this year because it helps local efforts to improve water use efficiency and adds to the national campaign being championed by the Irrigation Association,” says Robert Starr with The Toro Company’s water management group.

In addition to helping create more awareness about water issues during the month of July, Toro also supports water agencies throughout the year by donating products for demonstration gardens, participating in Earth Day & Sustainable Landscape events, and providing product training and education at agency facilities.

This close working relationship even led one water agency to develop a unique water conservation program called: FreeSprinklerNozzles.com that provides internet-based training so homeowners themselves can install low flow, high uniformity Toro Precision Series  spray nozzles at no cost. This successful program has now been adopted by other water agencies and has expanded as far south as San Diego County and as far north as Sacramento.

For more information on Toro irrigation products visit our website at www.toro.com/irrigation.

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