Awards

The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership) has received national recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense program with 13 awards in 8 years for continued efforts in promoting water use efficiency in our region and beyond.

In 2020, the Partnership was awarded two of the 27 WaterSense awards that were presented during the WaterSmart Innovations Conference (held online due to COVID-19) for helping Americans to save water, energy, and money. This is the eighth year in a row that the Partnership has received awards for its water efficiency efforts.

Partner of the Year Award

The Partnership is a three-time WaterSense Partner of the Year award winner and 2020 earned a fourth Sustained Excellence Award. SMSWP is the parent organization for the WaterSense labeled Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) professional certification program in irrigation system auditing. QWEL provides landscape professionals with knowledge in water efficient and sustainable landscaping practices. QWEL has issued over 2,200 certificates to date and is offered by 28 organizations throughout California and the U.S.

Excellence Award

The Partnership also received its sixth Excellence Award. The 202 year’s award recognized the Partnership’s efforts in Promoting Labeled Products.

County Fair WaterSense Display

The Partnership had WaterSense on full display at its exhibit at the 2019 Sonoma County Fair. Sonoma-Marin’s interactive booth featured water-saving fixtures in a mock home. Signage throughout the booth showed visitors how much water they could save by switching to WaterSense labeled toilets, faucet aerators, and showerheads. The booth even had a working WaterSense labeled showerhead so visitors could actually see how it compared to a traditional model. In an effort to help people save water while at work, the Partnership created a series of bathroom door fliers with seasonal water conservation tips from WaterSense campaigns such as Fix a Leak Week and Sprinkler Spruce-Up in a pilot effort that reached more than 200 employees.

2020 Sustained Excellence
2020 Excellence in Promoting WaterSense Labeled Products
2019 Sustained Excellence
2019 Excellence in Outreach and Education
2018 Sustained Excellence Award
2018 Excellence in Promoting WaterSense Labeled Products
2017 Sustained Excellence Award
2017 Excellence in Outreach and Education
2016 Professional Certifying Organization Partner of the Year
2016 Excellence in Promoting WaterSense Labeled Products
2015 Professional Certifying Organization Partner of the Year
2014 Professional Certifying Organization Partner of the Year
2013 Excellence in Promotion