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As the WaterSense program prepares to celebrate its fifth anniversary, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting applications for the 2011 WaterSense Partner of the Year awards. These awards showcase WaterSense partners who have done the most in the past year to increase awareness and understanding of the WaterSense label and water efficiency. The WaterSense Partner of the Year awards recognize program partners in six primary categories (manufacturers, irrigation partners, retailer/distributors, home builders, promotional partners such as utilities, and licensed certification providers), based on their demonstrated accomplishments promoting WaterSense labeled products and practices in 2010. Depending on the applicant pool, WaterSense may recognize multiple Partners of the Year or Excellence Award winners in any category.

Applicants must be WaterSense partners in good standing, and award applications must be submitted online by April 1, 2011, to be considered. Winners will be announced at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 5 to 7, 2011. Learn more about the awards, view past winners’ accomplishments, and find the 2011 online application by visiting the WaterSense website at www.epa.gov/watersense/partners/watersense_awards.html.