Oak Lodge Water Services partners with the Clackamas River Water Providers to offer free landscape water audits during the watering season (May-October) to the following member service areas: City of Estacada, Clackamas River Water, Sunrise Water Authority (City of Happy Valley and Damascus), City of Gladstone, Oak Lodge Water Services, and South Fork Water Board (Oregon City and West Linn).
Water use in our communities more than doubles during the summer months due to outdoor watering. Higher than normal outdoor water use is often the sign of inefficient use of water in our yards or an irrigation system that needs repair and/or scheduling adjustments. A landscape water audit is a way to get your irrigation system and landscape on track and running right.
Saving water and saving money is what a landscape water audit is all about. Our Landscape auditor will assess your lawn and garden areas, irrigation system and more. Residential landscape water audits often include but are not limited to;
- A walk through your yard and gardens including all lawn area.
- Making note of existing soil types, plant material, naturally available water, and sun exposure.
- Locating the water meter, noting any existing leaks from the meter throughout the irrigation system.
- Locating the irrigation controller, making note of the make/model as well as the current schedule. Each zone will be ran separately recording gallons per minute used for each zone.
When the audit is complete you will receive a detailed report with all recommendations recorded such as irrigation and controller schedule adjustments for better water efficiency, and maintenance of existing plant material giving you the tools you need to better manage your outdoor water use.
The audits are available on a first come first serve basis. The audits will be approximately 1.5 hours, please be available to do the walk through with the auditor. Our Auditor will practice social distancing requirements.
For more information about our free landscape water audit program and to how to apply, visit our website at https://www.clackamasproviders.org/landscape-water-audits/