June 18, 2008

Rain Bird’s 5000 PRS Rotor Receives Australia’s Smart Approved WaterMark Certification in Recognition of Its Proven Water Saving Performance

Rain Bird, the worldwide leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services announced today that its 5000 PRS (pressure regulating stem) Rotor sprinkler has been awarded the Smart Approved WaterMark Certification, Australia's outdoor water saving labeling program for products that help reduce water use around the home. Heralded for its in-stem pressure regulator which prevents water loss caused by uneven water pressure and Rain Bird's exclusive Rain Curtain(TM) nozzle technology which delivers thick water droplets in a uniform consistent pattern, an independent testing panel confirmed that the Rain Bird 5000 PRS delivers 15% to 45% water savings when compared to non-pressure regulated competitive products.

Facing what some experts have described as the worst drought in 1,000 years, four associations - the Australian Water Association, Irrigation Australia Ltd, the Nursery and Garden Industry, Australia and the Water Services Association of Australia - developed the Smart Approved WaterMark Certification Program in partnership with Australian government stakeholders. Their efforts empower lawn and garden professionals and consumers with the knowledge they need to identify and buy only those products that aid in reducing water consumption. All Smart Approved WaterMark Certified products are evaluated and tested for water savings by an independent expert panel made up of technical experts with extensive experience in landscape, horticulture, plumbing and other water related industries.

As the only gear driven rotor to receive the Australian Smart Approved WaterMark, Rain Bird's 5000 PRS Rotor's performance was measured against competitive rotors in a series of water pressure tests designed to replicate common "real world" scenarios. The results of rigorous testing and evaluation by an independent third party revealed that the 5000 PRS demonstrates water savings in the order of 15% to 45% when compared to non-pressure regulated competitive rotor products.

"The 5000 PRS is engineered to maximize water dispersion and uniformity, despite variations in water pressure that can otherwise cause havoc on an irrigation system and the landscape," said Heather Kraus, Rain Bird product manager. "The 5000 PRS combines Rain Bird's award-winning Rain Curtain nozzle technology with an in-stem pressure regulator that effectively eliminates misting, head-to-head pressure variations, and improves the overall uniformity of water distribution - enabling homeowners and landscape professionals to maximize water savings while preserving a healthy landscape."

Bolstering Rain Bird's global commitment to developing innovative, water-efficient irrigation products for do-it-yourselfer's and professionals, the 5000 PRS Rotor is the latest addition to Rain Bird's growing list of Smart Approved WaterMark certified products that also includes Rain Bird's Irrigation Supplement, Rain Bird's Rotary Nozzles, Rain Bird Rain Sensor and the Rain Bird Maxicom2 Central Control System.

"There is no better proving ground for water saving products like the 5000 PRS Rotor sprinkler than the unforgiving climate of Australia," said Rain Bird Corporate Marketing Director Dave Johnson. "Southern Australia faces some of the worst drought conditions of any inhabited region on the globe, and reduced water availability presents a significant challenge for homeowners and landscape professionals as they strive to preserve landscapes while maximizing every drop of water. As a global leader in irrigation, the Smart Approved WaterMark is further testament of our commitment to leveraging our expertise and innovative technologies to drive the development of products that embody The Intelligent Use of Water."

More information about what Rain Bird is doing globally and in the United States, is available at www.rainbird.com.


Based in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. Since its beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird has offered the industry's broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes in more than 130 countries around the world. Rain Bird has been awarded more than 130 patents, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird and The Intelligent Use of Water(TM) is about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing assembly facilities in the United States, France, Sweden and Mexico http://www.rainbird.com.