TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda grass has recently received the Smart Approved WaterMark, making it the first turfgrass in the world to receive recognition at this level of water-saving efficiency.
The Smart Approved WaterMark is a water-conscious certification provided to products so that consumers can identify and access the most water-efficient products available on the market.
The Smart Approved WaterMark was established by the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) to provide an identifiable label for consumers so that they can make informed choices when choosing products, services and organisations that use water efficiently, reducing per capita water consumption and helping in the end goal of preserving such a precious resource.
The Smart Approved WaterMark is aligned with the European Union under the Waterwise mark and in the USA under the WaterSense. a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program designed to encourage water efficiency in the United States, the aims of all three are to further support innovation in water conservation from Australia to Europe the USA and eventually across the globe.
TIFTUF HYBRID BERMUDA
TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda has recently received certification and is the first and only turfgrass to ever receive the Smart Approved WaterMark in Australia and across the world. In the US, TifTuf will now automatically be approved for the ‘Water Sense’ program. This means TifTuf is the first turfgrass not just in Australia, but throughout the world, to receive recognition to this level of water-saving efficiency.
In order to receive the Smart Approved WaterMark, there is a significant process that is undertaken and a strict set of criteria the product needs to adhere to. A technical expert panel independently assesses the applications of products and services undertaking the accreditation process. The panel of seven members and an independent chair who represents international expertise in the field, examine all aspects of the product application and the associated evidence of water efficiency.
TifTuf was entered into consideration for the Smart Approved WaterMark four years ago and now, after many years of extensive independent scientific-based testing and research for decreased water use and superior drought tolerance, it has now been formally recognised and certified with the Smart Approved WaterMark.
The WA Water Corporation certifies water-efficient plants through the Waterwise program. The Waterwise program recognises the Smart Approved WaterMark which means TifTuf has also received the Waterwise Certification in WA.
SMART WATERMARK CRITERIA
The panel of experts meets to consider applications against the following criteria, for more information click here.
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