WaterSense Irrigation Partners in Action
WaterSense irrigation partners are making big strides in the irrigation industry to reduce outdoor water use. Check out our partner stories below to see how these partners are making a difference. If you have an irrigation system, check out the list of WaterSense irrigation partners to find a professional that can ensure your system is working great without wasting water. For more information on WaterSense irrigation partners, explore our Landscape Irrigation Services page and find out how certified professionals can help you save water.
Victor Samson, CID, CLIA Certified
Kansas City, Missouri
WaterSense partner 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 also ensures that irrigation systems are installed and maintained properly to prevent wasting water.
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, recently 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 262,440 gallons of water, at a cost of approximately $500.
Valerie Silva, QWEL Certified
Santa Rosa, California
Valerie Silva, WaterSense partner and landscape designer, includes water-conserving and native plants in her designs whenever possible and provides her clients with a water use projection as part of the design plan.
Ms. Silva has put to good use her Qualified Water-Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) certification, WaterSense partnership, and landscape design experience 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 lawn, 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 is being retrofitted and upgraded with smart irrigation controllers. The community expects to reduce annual landscape water use by at least 30 percent upon completion of the project.