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Now Accepting Applications for FREE Commercial and Residential Water Use Surveys

Metropolitan offers free in-person commercial large landscape surveys as well as virtual indoor/outdoor residential surveys for properties within the district’s 5,200 square-mile service area. These surveys provide customers with recommendations to improve outdoor landscape and indoor water use efficiency.

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Applying for a Commercial Site

Applying as a Resident

 Information About the Commercial Survey

 

Commercial Survey

How it Works

A certified landscape irrigation auditor will survey and provide written recommendations for qualifying industrial and commercial sites within Metropolitan’s service area at no cost. To participate, properties must have a minimum of one acre of irrigated area. Only portions of the property receiving regular irrigation with an established irrigation system count towards the one acre minimum. A pre-inspection will be performed to confirm the minimum one acre of irrigated area. Eligible landscapes include industrial and commercial sites, homeowner association common areas, and institutional sites like schools, parks, and government facilities. Surveys are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. To request a survey, please complete the online application.

 

Funding is limited and submitting an application does not guarantee a survey will be provided.

What to Expect

The property owner, manager, or authorized representative with access to the irrigation controllers must be present during the survey. The certified landscape auditor will conduct a comprehensive review of the irrigation system including:

 

  • System pressure

  • Controllers

  • Site conditions and irrigation scheduling

  • Issues that cause higher water use, such as valve malfunctions, high or low pressure, sprinkler misalignment, poor draining, breaks and leaks, runoff, etc.

 

Participants will receive a written report that includes:

  • Data collected during the survey

  • Recommendations for improving the site’s irrigation efficiency including system repairs, equipment updates, and irrigation scheduling

  • Information about available financial incentives to help with the cost of recommended improvements

 Information About the Virtual Residential Survey

 

Water Efficient Home Survey

How it Works

This no cost virtual indoor/outdoor survey is conducted with the assistance of the homeowner. To participate, the property must be located within Metropolitan’s service area. Surveys are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. To request a survey, please complete the online application. The property may only receive one survey for the life of the program.

 

Funding is limited and submitting an application does not guarantee a survey will be provided.

What to Expect

The homeowner will need to have an electronic device such as phone or tablet to communicate with the auditor. The survey features:

Indoor

  • Indoor device information: make, model, age, water factor, water use.

  • Observation of problems with indoor devices including but not limited to leaks, damage, and inefficient use.

Outdoor

  • Evaluation of water meter to check for leaks.

  • Providing controller information: number of controllers, make, model, age, number of stations in operation, program by station.

  • Zone/station information: plant material, sprinkler type, micro-climate, and slope conditions.

  • Observation of irrigation problems by zone including valve malfunctions, pressure, sprinkler alignment, drainage, leaks, compaction, runoff, and other conditions that reduce irrigation efficiency or indicate overwatering. Observations shall be made before, during, and after each controller station is operated. Auditor will provide training to the customer or landscape maintenance personnel during the virtual site visit and provide instruction on programming and operating the controller(s).

 

Participants will receive a written report that includes:

  • Data collected during the survey.

  • Leak information and the site’s irrigation efficiency including system repairs, equipment updates, and irrigation scheduling.

  • Information about available financial incentives to help with the cost of recommended improvements.