Certified Professionals in Action
Learn how irrigation professionals certified by WaterSense labeled programs are helping their customers save water outdoors. If you have an irrigation system, use the Directory of Certified Professionals to find a certified professional in your area who can help ensure your system operates efficiently. To learn the benefits of hiring a professional certified by a WaterSense labeled program, as well as the questions you should ask, visit Go With a Pro.
Victor Samson (CID and CLIA Certified)
Kansas City, Missouri
Victor Samson of Kansas City, Missouri, is a certified irrigation designer (CID) and certified landscape irrigation auditor (CLIA) who knows there is more to maintaining a water-efficient landscape irrigation system than installing new technology. In addition to promoting the use of smart irrigation technologies, Samson ensures that irrigation systems are installed and maintained properly to prevent water waste.
Samson's company, Samson Irrigation Systems, manages and operates a number of sites using smart irrigation technologies that use evapotranspiration (ET) calculations to determine whether a lawn or landscape needs to be watered. These technologies apply water based on weather station data, gauge how much rainfall the site has received, and monitor the water flow of each station in the system to detect leaks.
Whenever possible, Samson demonstrates to his customers how much water and money they are saving by using smart irrigation technologies. For example, at a townhouse complex where his company installed a smart controller, a valve malfunctioned only days after a visual inspection of the irrigation system. The smart controller detected the leak, shut off, and notified Samson to visit the site, where he repaired the problem. If the controller had not detected the broken valve, it probably would not have been noticed for a month or more. Based on the watering schedule over the next month, the leak could have wasted as much as 262,440 gallons of water, at a cost of approximately $500.
Valerie Silva (QWEL Certified)
Santa Rosa, California
Valerie Silva includes low water-using and native plants in her landscape designs whenever possible and provides her clients with a water use projection as part of the design plan.
Silva has put her Qualified Water-Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) certification and landscape design experience to good use as the chair of the Homeowners' Association (HOA) Common Area Landscape Committee in Santa Rosa, California. Led by Silva, the HOA Landscape Committee redrafted the neighborhood architectural guidelines to include a list of water-efficient plants that would be good replacements for turf, while providing the contiguous look between the properties required by the HOA's codes. In the common area, 10,000 square feet of turf was removed and replaced with a few large native trees and shrubs that do not require summertime watering. The approach was to maintain lawn only where it is used for recreation or community gatherings. The original, poorly designed irrigation system was retrofitted with smart irrigation controllers. The community expects to reduce annual landscape water use by at least 30 percent upon completion of the project.