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WaterSense3 Labeled
Residential outdoor water use in the United States accounts for nearly 9 billion
gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation. Experts estimate that
as much as 50 percent of this water is wasted due to overwatering caused by
inefficiencies in irrigation methods and systems. Irrigation control technologies
can significantly reduce overwatering by applying water only when plants need it.
WaterSerise labeled irrigation controllers, which act like
a thermostat for your sprinkler system by telling it when
to turn on and off, use local weather and landscape
conditions to tailor watering schedules to actual
conditions on the site. Instead of irrigating using a
controller with a clock and a preset schedule,
WaterSense labeled controllers allow watering
schedules to better match plants' water needs. With
proper installation, programming, and maintenance,
homeowners and businesses can use WaterSense
labeled controllers instead of standard clock-timer
controllers on their existing systems, and no longer
worry about wasted water.
Replacing a standard clock timer with a WaterSense
labeled irrigation controller can save an average home
nearly 8,800 gallons of water annually. If every home in
the United States with an automatic irrigation system
installed and properly operated a WaterSense labeled
irrigation controller, we could save $435 million in water
costs and 120 billion gallons of water across the
country annually from not overwatering lawns and
landscapes. That's equal to the annual household
water needs of nearly 1.3 million average American
WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers allow watering
schedules to better match plants' needs.
To earn the WaterSense label,
landscape irrigation controllers
must be able to adequately
meet the watering needs of a
landscape without overwatering.
As with all other WaterSense
labeled products, WaterSense
labeled controllers are third-
party certified to ensure that they meet the
WaterSense criteria for efficiency and performance.
For more information or a list of WaterSense labeled
products, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.
For more water-smart landscaping tips, please visit www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoor/landscaping_tips.html.
PHONE (866) VVTR-SENS (987-7367) WEBSITE vwvw.epa.gov/watersense EMAIL watersense@epa.gov
A rQA EPA-832-F-11-001
February 2013