RIVERSIDE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Toro Company, in partnership with more than 30 water districts and cities throughout the State of California, has helped water agencies reduce per capita water consumption this past year through the FreeSprinklerNozzles.com program. This innovative, consumer-oriented program – pioneered by Riverside Public Utilities and Western Municipal Water District – has now facilitated the retrofit of more than 1.3 million conventional, high-flow sprinkler nozzles with Toro® Precision™ Series high-efficiency spray nozzles. Given the nozzle upgrades approved, Toro estimates that 9 billion gallons of water have been saved in Southern California from this program alone.
Research has shown that irrigation sprinkler nozzle upgrades to Toro’s Precision Series spray nozzles immediately helps reduce flow rates by up to 35 percent without compromising the coverage of landscapes. Since these higher efficiency nozzles apply water more slowly than conventional spray nozzles, irrigation runoff is also reduced without the end user having to adjust or re-program the sprinkler controller. These nozzles also apply water more evenly, improving the overall efficiency of the average sprinkler system by up to 30 percent and making every drop of water count.
“The FreeSprinklerNozzles.com partnership with Toro has given residents the best of both worlds: keeping the functional turf they want, while keeping water usage down,” said Tim Barr, Deputy Director of Water Resources at Western Municipal Water District.
The FreeSprinklerNozzles.com program started in 2010 as a means of helping residents in Riverside use water more efficiently, especially for landscape irrigation purposes. It provides homeowners free vouchers to exchange their high-flow sprinkler spray nozzles for high-efficiency, low-flow models – now with the added feature of pressure-compensating screens to reduce wasteful misting and overspray. Homeowners who qualify can receive up to 25 of these water-saving nozzles at no charge. Commercial accounts can qualify for more.
About The Toro Company
The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment including turf, snow and ground engaging equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. With sales of $2.2 billion in fiscal 2014, Toro’s global presence extends to more than 90 countries. Through constant innovation and caring relationships built on trust and integrity, Toro and its family of brands have built a legacy of excellence by helping customers care for golf courses, landscapes, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties and agricultural fields. For more information, visit www.toro.com.