Irrigation contractor license gets 10-year extension in Illinois

August 30, 2013 -  By

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the 10-year extension of the irrigation contractor license into law Aug. 2. Without this extension, the law would have required irrigation contractors to be licensed plumbers in order to do any type of irrigation work in a commercial or residential landscape setting.

“This is a big win for the irrigation industry and the people of Illinois,” said Chad Forcey, Irrigation Association state affairs director. “Through this license extension, irrigation professionals will be able to continue to work to ensure the public health and safety of Illinois’ water supply through efficient irrigation.”

IA supported the Illinois Green Industry Association’s and the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association’s efforts in advocating for an extension of the irrigation contractor license. IA assisted the state trade associations with expertise, grassroots advocacy and direct lobbying.

“Partnering with the state organizations was paramount to this victory,” Forcey added. “Without their leadership and willingness to partner with us on this issue, I believe we would be in a different situation today.”

With the 10-year extension, the irrigation contractor license is now set to expire on Jan. 1, 2024.

 

 

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Former Associate Editor Sarah Pfledderer is a West Coast-based contributing editor for Landscape Management.

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