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Landscape Survey Program

Commercial, industrial, institutional, and multi-family complexes within Santa Clara County may be eligible for a free landscape field survey. Professional irrigation auditors perform free site evaluations to assist large landscape sites better manage and improve landscape water usage. Landscape field surveys have shown potential savings of up to $1,000 per year per acre of landscape.

Who is eligible to participate?

All commercial, industrial and institutional sites as well as multi-family complexes in Santa Clara County with a minimum of ½ acre of irrigated landscape or more and/or 1,000 CCF of annual irrigation water usage may be eligible for a complimentary landscape field survey. To find out if your site can benefit from a landscape field survey, please contact the District's Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554. 

Landscape Survey Program  
What are the components of a landscape field survey?

  • System Check

A professional irrigation surveyor will evaluate the water delivery system and point out inefficiencies that can add up to significant water losses. Catch can tests may be used to determine the average precipitation rate and distribution uniformity, which helps the site manager understand system performance and leads to more efficient irrigation scheduling strategies.

  • Site Specific Recommendations and Irrigation Budget

Surveyors provide recommendations for improving system efficiency including upgrading irrigation hardware as well as providing the site with a calculated irrigation budget based on climate, irrigation system components, and vegetation.

  • Landscape Field Survey Report

The site’s property manager/owner will receive a landscape field survey report that evaluates the existing irrigation system and landscape water management. The report also includes a calculated irrigation budget, and a summary of the irrigation system check and irrigation efficiency improvement recommendations.

  • Qualifying for the Landscape Rebate Program

Although not a pre-requisite for the Landscape Rebate Program, sites that complete a landscape field survey may be eligible to apply for rebates through the Landscape Rebate Program. Sites can also pre-qualify for the Landscape Rebate Program through a LRP pre-inspection. The Landscape Rebate Program provides rebates for replacing qualifying high water using landscape with qualifying low water using plants and for upgrading to high efficiency irrigation equipment including:

  • Weather Based Irrigation Controllers
  • High Efficiency Nozzles
  • Rotary Sprinklers with Pressure Regulation and/or Check Valves
  • Rain Sensors
  • Dedicated Landscape Meters, Flow Sensors and Hydrometers

How do you schedule a landscape field survey?

Surveys are available Monday through Friday for CII and Multi-Family sites that meet the minimum requirements. To request a landscape field survey, please click here to submit an online landscape field survey request or call the Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554. An authorized representative for the site will be required to agree to the online participation agreement and once the request is submitted, District staff will work with the site’s water retailer in order to obtain water usage records for the previous two years.

How long is the program offered?

Landscape field surveys are available through December 31, 2015, or until funds are depleted, whichever comes first.

Looking for a landscape contractor?

Visit the California Landscape Contractors Association’s Certification Program to learn about certified landscape contractors or click here to view a list of CLCA certified landscape contractors. You can also contact the Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener Program at www.mywatershedwatch.org/greengardener.html. For a list of landscape professionals that have had experience working with the Landscape Rebate Program, click here.

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