ICC and ASABE Announce New Landscape Irrigation Sprinkler Standard

(PRWEB) October 18, 2014

The International Code Council (ICC) and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) announce the release of a new ANSI consensus standard to classify sprinkler and drip irrigation systems, set uniform testing procedures, and establish minimum design and performance requirements for commercial and residential landscape irrigation components.

The ASABE/ICC 802-2014 Landscape Irrigation Sprinkler and Emitter Standard represents collaboration among a wide range of industry stakeholders, including representatives from major manufacturers, the U.S. EPA WaterSense Program, the Irrigation Association, the Alliance for Water Efficiency, major water utilities, landscape architects, regulators and academia. Timothy Malooly, President of Water in Motion, Inc., chaired the collaborative standard development team and Brent Q. Mecham, industry development director from the Irrigation Association, was vice chair.

Assembly and publication of this new ANSI-accredited sampling and reporting standard for landscape irrigation sprinklers is timely, Malooly said. My hope is this standard will be embraced widely and the information made available by its use will result in improved decision-making when considering component products used in landscape irrigation system design, installation, maintenance and operation.

Because the process included a diverse group of stakeholders and allowed for public input and review, the standard should be recognized as supporting best practices for efficient irrigation in the urban environment, Mecham said.

The standard specifically defines and categorizes various types of devices, including sprays, rotors, multi-stream/multi-trajectory nozzles, bubblers, drip emitters and microsprays. It also addresses standardized test procedures for common test parameters including flow rate, distance of throw and uniformity.

Other standard highlights include:

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