HydroPoint announced that its Baseline brand has earned the EPA WaterSense label in the new category “Soil Moisture-Based Irrigation Controller,” becoming the first irrigation controller manufacturer to achieve the distinction of this certification.
To attain the EPA WaterSense label, the input from soil-moisture sensors must be able to consistently prevent or allow irrigation at a preset threshold. Manufacturers that produce soil-moisture based irrigation controllers meeting EPA’s efficiency and performance criteria can earn the WaterSense label. Baseline moisture sensors passed 100% of all moisture sensor tests, including all mandatory and supplemental capability requirements.
“We are excited to be the first manufacturer to earn this certification,” said Peter Carlson, chief technology officer at HydroPoint. “After being the first organization to pass the Irrigation Association’s Smart Water Application Technologies (SWAT) protocol with a 100% perfect score back in 2006, HydroPoint continues to stay ahead of the curve with technology and innovation in the irrigation industry.”
Baseline has a long and successful history of working with the EPA to push the standards higher for green irrigation practices. Their soil moisture sensors use Time Domain Transmissometry (TDT) technology to measure volumetric changes to within 0.01% in the soil profile, and were the first sensor technology ever certified by the EPA. Baseline is currently the only irrigation controller manufacturer to be EPA certified for both soil moisture sensing automation and weather-based (ET) automation.