Posted 17 March 2020 by AusGAP Certified

Turf Grass First in the World to Receive Smart Approved WaterMark

Turf Grass First in the World to Receive Smart Approved WaterMark

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), Irrigation Australia, The Nursery and Garden Industry Association and the Australian Water Association, 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.

TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda

There is a new benchmark for drought tolerance in turf grass in Australia.

Lawn Solutions Australia is proud to announce that TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda has been formally recognised with the Smart Approved WaterMark for the following states and territories in Australia –  QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS and SA (WA & NT excluded).

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, including an independent chair who represents international expertise in the field, examine all aspects of the product application and the associated evidence of water efficiency.

After many years of extensive independent testing and research, TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda is the first and only turf grass to receive this for drought tolerance in Australia or anywhere in the world.

Smart WaterMark Criteria

The panel of experts meets to consider applications against the following criteria, for more information –

Water saving

That the primary purpose of the product or service is directly related to reducing actual water use and/or using water more efficiently, where there is a direct correlation between the use of the product and water savings.

Fit for purpose

That the appropriate use of the product or service is consistent with supplied instructions and other documentation.

Meets regulations and standards

That the product or service is of high quality and meets industry standards, and customer and community expectations, in relation to water use.

Environmentally sustainable

That the product or service, while satisfying the above three criteria, is environmentally sustainable, and despite claimed water savings will not adversely affect the environment in other areas.