You wouldn't throw money in the trash, but when it comes to maintaining landscaping, many property owners are letting their money go down the drain. With rising water rates and increasing pressure from water purveyors and local municipalities to conserve water, there has never been a greater need to inspect every irrigation system under your care to see if they're working at their optimum. If you aren't performing a regular inspection of a property's sprinkler system, there's a good chance you're wasting water, and that means your money too.
Audits involve the inspection of an irrigation system at some point after it's been installed. In essence, it's a snapshot of how your irrigation system is working at a given time. But how do you know if you need to conduct an audit? Usually, there are tell-tale signs. Water running onto pavement and into the streets, an increase in a property's use of irrigation water over a period of time, a complaint made to your local water district by a neighbour; all are signs that the property has a problem. If you think you should monitor it, the property probably needs an audit of the water usage. Irrigation audits consist of three main activities: site inspection, performance testing and irrigation scheduling. Each activity in itself can result in significant water and cost savings. Together, these activities provide landscape maintenance personnel with a customized irrigation program based on site specific conditions and irrigation system performance.