The comment period for draft recommendations regarding controller add-on devices for the Smart Water Application Technologies (SWAT) program ends April 27.

Recommendations address controllers that would need to be tested with add-on devices to receive a WaterSense label. The draft is in response to issues raised at the SWAT meeting held during the 2008 Irrigation Show in Anaheim, Calif. Once comments close, SWAT will review the consensus, and submit a position paper to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read and comment online at

SWAT is a joint initiative of the irrigation industry and water providers to develop test protocols for efficient irrigation products, as well as marketing tools to encourage the installation of these products. Protocols will be passed on to EPA to develop product specifications that will be used to test products that can display the new WaterSense label. Learn more about SWAT online at, or by contacting IA Member Services Director Cynthia Amos (; 703.536.7080).