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2019 WaterSense® Excellence Award Goes to The Toro Company

2019 WaterSense Excellence Award to The Toro Company
L to R: Rob Starr, Water Management Consultant, Toro Irrigation and Lighting Business; Martha Shimkin, Acting Deputy Director, U.S. EPA Office of Wastewater Management; Chris Davey, Product Marketing Manager, Toro Irrigation and Lighting Business

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized The Toro Company with a 2019 WaterSense Excellence Award for its outstanding efforts to defeat water waste and promote WaterSense in 2018. The Toro Company received one of 25 WaterSense awards today at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas.

Since 2006, The Toro Company and more than 2,000 other WaterSense partners have helped consumers save more than 3.4 trillion gallons of water. That’s enough water to supply all American households for four months! In addition to water savings, WaterSense-labeled products and homes have helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump and treat water by 462.5 billion kilowatt-hours—which is enough to power more than 44.4 million homes for a year and save $84.2 billion in water and energy bills.

“Our partners have made water-saving products, homes, and programs accessible across the nation and have educated millions on the importance of water conservation,” said Veronica Blette, Chief, WaterSense Branch. “These WaterSense award winners are leading the fight against water waste to save our most precious resource.”

The Toro Company was honored as a 2019 WaterSense Excellence Award winner for the launch of Land. Water. Thrive., a new philanthropic initiative aimed at improving water efficiency in outdoor environments. As part of that initiative, over a two-year period, Toro is offering up to $1 million in grants to nonprofits in the global community as part of the Greenspace Enhancement Grant Program.

In addition to sponsoring the weekly radio program, The Water Zone, Toro co-sponsored the Wyland Foundation’s National Mayor’s Challenge kick-off event to share and promote outdoor water conservation information with participating cities. Toro also continued its annual Water Is Life Art Mural Challenge calendar activity for elementary students nationwide with proceeds from calendar sales benefitting participating schools. The Toro Company endorsed WaterSense-labeled products and trained end users at numerous public and professional events throughout the country in 2018.

“Sustaining our natural resources is a key focus in the work that we do and the products that we bring to market,” says John McPhee, general manager, Toro Irrigation and Lighting Businesses. “We are proud to partner with the EPA to take measurable action to conserve our water resources and to be continually recognized for our efforts. Congratulations to every award recipient for their endeavors over the past year.”

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About WaterSense

WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering consumers and businesses simple ways to use less water with water-efficient products, homes, and services.

About The Toro Company

With roots dating back to 1914, Toro is a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment including turf and landscape maintenance, snow management, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation solutions. Through a strong network of distributors, dealers, retailers and rental stores in more than 125 countries, Toro helps customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties, construction sites and agricultural operations. More at:

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