Irrigation Audit Rebate Form
The City of Gillette is offering affordable irrigation audits for our residential water utility customers. We plan to conduct the audits during the summer of 2013.
Be one of only 40 audits to be performed Summer 2013!
When you spend $100 for an irrigation audit, the City of Gillette will give you a rebate of $50 to help you pay for the audit.
The intention of the program is to assist homeowners conserve water by operating their irrigation systems in an efficient manner. During the audit, several tests are conducted to measure the characteristics of the irrigation system and subsequent recommendations are provided on how to improve the efficiency of the system. In addition to suggestions for making capital improvements to the irrigation system, participants are educated about proper maintenance procedures and are also provided with a watering schedule as well as advice on how to implement landscape best management practices.
What you’ll gain.
Many irrigation systems can benefit from simple changes such as fixing or adjusting sprinkler heads, ensuring appropriate operating pressure, and implementing appropriate watering schedules. Increasing irrigation system efficiency and teaching property owners about best management practices has many positive benefits for the homeowner, the community and the environment.
An efficient irrigation system can result in greater cost effectiveness for the property owner, and provide them with the knowledge to have a healthier landscape. Additionally, the amount of runoff associated with inefficient irrigation systems and improper watering practices can be significantly reduced. This not only helps avoid damage to sidewalks and streets, but it also results in improved water quality because irrigation runoff is not being washed down the storm drains.
Irrigation audits will be performed by the Center for Resource Conservation (CRC). The name of their program is Slow the Flow. The City of Gillette will be the first community in Wyoming to offer this program.
The Center for ReSource Conservation, formerly the Boulder Energy Conservation Center (BECC), was founded in 1976 by a group of community-minded citizens seeking ways to help reduce our dependence on non-renewable resources. The organization has since developed extensive expertise in the areas of green building, renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and water conservation and sustainable living. We share practical solutions for environmental living through print and on-line communications materials, direct services, events, workshops, demonstration projects, tours, and walk-in/email/phone requests for information. Our goal is to tackle resource conservation issues close to home, provide accessible and affordable conservation solutions, and reduce the negative environmental impacts associated with non-sustainable practices. The Center for ReSource Conservation’s objective is to provide programs and services that empower individuals to turn natural resource conservation beliefs into action in their daily lives.
Irrigation Audit Procedures
During each audit, one trained individual will evaluate the efficiency of the specified irrigation system. The CRC requires that at least one person of at least 18 years of age who is affiliated with the property (i.e. owner/resident) remain on the premises for the entire duration of the audit. An audit begins with a visual inspection of the irrigation system, which participants are encouraged to partake in. The visual inspection identifies design issues, broken parts, capital improvements, and maintenance problems. The auditor also visually checks for leaks during this time.
Two tests are conducted on representative zones for the system. Due to the different characteristics of rotor heads and spray heads, the auditors are unable to test any irrigation zones that utilize both sprays and rotors on the same circuit, otherwise known as a mixed zone. If both rotors and spray heads are utilized on the property, but in separate zones, at least one test will be performed for each type of head. The tests performed measure the distribution uniformity, precipitation rate, pressure, and soil type of the zones. These tests provide the auditor with the information necessary to make recommendations to the homeowner for improving the efficiency of the sprinkler system. A site-specific watering schedule is also formulated for the zones tested and can serve as a representative schedule for zones with similar characteristics. All results and recommendations are included in an audit report and summary for the homeowner. The auditor reviews this synopsis with the homeowner, explains additional landscape BMP’s (best management practices), provides horticultural resources and makes all attempts to answer any questions the homeowner may have. The office will follow up with clients if any further clarification is needed. The auditor also measures the irrigable area of the property during the audit.