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Updated 8/24/20

Indoor Water-Wise Evaluations

Due to Covid-19, we currently are not conducting in person, indoors Water-Wise Evaluations inside of homes, apartment buildings and other facilities. We are conducting Phone Consultations and outdoor evaluations.

Outdoor Water-Wise Evaluations

We are resuming outdoors, no contact Water-Wise landscape evaluations (also referred to as landscape assessments). This Water-Wise landscape evaluation can help you increase the efficiency of your irrigation system and landscape. Please be aware that employees will not enter any portion of the residence, including a garage, and will need access to the residential yard from outside. Only irrigation controllers located and installed outdoors will be operated by the inspector.  Also, poor air quality from smoke may require the SFPUC to reschedule the appointment

Due to Covid-19 concerns, SFPUC staff and customers must follow Health & Safety Protocols to participate in an onsite Water-Wise Landscape Evaluation. Customers requesting an evaluation are required to read and agree with these protocols. Apply online here, under the Water-Wise program.

What Our Water-Wise Landscape Evaluation Covers

A periodic checkup of your in-ground irrigation system is a good practice to ensure your landscape receives the optimum amount of water in the most efficient manner. We recommend running your system once a month to identify any leaks or breaks and to pinpoint the areas of your landscape that require additional attention. We can set up an irrigation system checkup to show you best maintenance practices you can perform, as well as provide tips to help you fix issues before they show up on your water bill. A well-maintained irrigation system is vital to your landscape health, saving you water, time, and money. Please be aware that Employees will not enter any portion of the residence and will need access to the residential yard from outside. Only irrigation controllers located and installed outdoors will be operated. During your onsite Water-Wise Landscape Evaluation Assessment, a water-efficiency representative will: 

  • Confirm your irrigation timer is operating properly and scheduled according to your plant needs, system design, and season 
  • Observe the operation of your irrigation system, station by station, and check for the most common locations for leaks, clogged emitters, and faulty sprinkler heads 
  • When possible, perform minor on the spot adjustments to sprinkler heads, drip emitters, and irrigation timer’s that will have immediate water saving results 
  • Help you isolate timer stations that have major leaks and shut off the irrigation to that zone until repairs are made  
  • Provide gardening and landscaping guides
After your assessment, we will provide you with a summary report outlining recommendations to improve your system’s efficiency, adjustments we performed during the irrigation system checkup, and estimated water savings associated with replacing or upgrading your system.

Large Landscape Irrigation Systems 

For landscapes greater than a half-acre, we offer the Landscape Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). LTAP identifies water saving opportunities in a landscape area that can improve irrigation efficiency, reduce water use, and save money. Please visit our LTAP webpage for more program details and sign up for your next landscape evaluation.

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Last updated: 9/1/2020 5:41:58 PM