Award Winning Programs and Promotion


The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership) has received national recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense program with 11 awards in 7 years for continued efforts in promoting water use efficiency in our region and beyond.

In 2019, the Partnership was awarded two of the 25 WaterSense awards that were presented at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference (Las Vegas, NV) for helping Americans to save water, energy, and money. This is the seventh year in a row that the Partnership has received awards for its water efficiency efforts.

The Partnership is a three-time WaterSense Partner of the Year award winner and this year earned a third 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 2000 certificates to date and is offered by sixteen organizations throughout California and the U.S.

The Partnership received its fifth Excellence Award. This year’s award recognizes the Partnerships efforts in Outreach and Education.

In 2018, to support the rebuilding efforts after the California wildfires, the Partnership worked with landscape industry professionals to create eight water-efficient landscape ordinance-compliant landscape templates, which specify WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers. It also published a deck of water-smart plant cards. SMSWP educated students in classrooms, field trips, assemblies, and with materials, reaching more than 19,000 students in 2018. The Partnership conducted more than 2,300 Water Smart Home Evaluations and 36 green business audits, distributing free WaterSense labeled showerheads and faucet aerators. In 2018 alone, more than 1,500 WaterSense labeled toilets were rebated and/or replaced though SMSWP’s residential and commercial direct-install programs.

EPA WaterSense awards received:

  • 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