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IA applauds the program eliminating the 40 percent turf restriction from the New Home Labeling Program.

| November 2, 2011

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The Irrigation Association applauds the recent announcement of the WaterSense program’s intent to remove the 40 percent turfgrass restriction from the single-family new home specification. WaterSense’s announcement culminates three years of the Irrigation Association’s efforts to remove this option from the new homes specification.

Released in December 2009, the final specification of the WaterSense single-family new home labeling program that enabled a new home to qualify for a WaterSense label contained two options for landscape design: 1) adhere to a water budget tool, or 2) restrict the use of turfgrass to 40 percent of the landscapable area. With the recent announcement by WaterSense, the only requirement for builders wishing to be eligible for this labeling would be to adhere to the water budget tool.

“This announcement by WaterSense is a huge win for the irrigation industry,” said IA’s Federal Affairs Director John Farner. “IA’s volunteers, staff and green industry partners should celebrate this move.”

The WaterSense notification of intent identifies the process for stakeholder input regarding the decision to remove the turfgrass restriction, along with several other changes to the single-family new home specification, including the requirement to use labeled weather-based irrigation controllers.

“We look forward to WaterSense implementing these recommendations within the revised new home specification,” Farner said. “With these recommendations, the Irrigation Association looks to be a strong partner in supporting and promoting WaterSense labeled products, irrigation professionals and programs.”

To view the official WaterSense notification of intent, visit www.epa.gov/watersense/docs/NH_modification_NOI-final_508.pdf.
 

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