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Sonoma Water named recipient of SWAT Outstanding Public Engagement Award

The Garden Sense program seeks to assist residents with landscape transformation opportunities.

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA (Oct. 29, 2020) — Smart Water Application Technologies, a committee of the Irrigation Association, named Sonoma Water as the recipient of the SWAT Outstanding Public Engagement Award. This award recognizes a water provider with a successful program focused on public engagement and education on smart, efficient irrigation technologies and practices.

The Garden Sense program provides interested customers with the tools and information to take their projects through to completion and reduce outdoor water demand from inefficient irrigation systems, high water use plants and poor landscaping practices.

“Sonoma Water, along with its partners, continues to show national leadership in setting the bar for engagement with its customers,” said IA Industry Development Director John Farner. “In an area continuing to be challenged by water use demands, drought and wildfire, the Garden Sense program is a prime example of how to effectively conserve water, while valuing the living landscape.”

The Garden Sense program is offered in partnership with the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County. Sonoma County, which has a population of more than 500,000, covers a geographic area of 1,768 square miles.

The 2020 Outstanding Public Engagement Award was presented virtually and announced during the WaterSmart Innovations Webinar Series. To view the presentation, visit