The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting applications for the 2012 WaterSense Partner of the Year Awards. Applications will be accepted until April 6. The awards recognize WaterSense partners who excel at increasing awareness and understanding of water efficiency and the WaterSense label.

Partners of the Year are recognized in the following six categories: manufacturers, retailers and distributors, home builders, license certification providers, irrigation partners, and promotional partners such as utilities and local governments. Applicants must have partnered with WaterSense before Jan. 1, 2012. Winners will be announced in October. For more information, visit