Sprinkler system checkup
Whether your sprinkler system is old or new, a little maintenance goes a long way toward saving water and money on your bills. And since winter weather can sometimes disturb or damage system components, spring is the perfect time to check your sprinklers.
If you’re the DIY type
- The EPA WaterSense Sprinkler Spruce-Up booklet and video provide step-by-step instructions to help you evaluate and improve your sprinkler system and landscape.
Work with an irrigation pro
- If you want to hire a pro for irrigation repairs, the EPA’s WaterSense program certifies irrigation professionals who practice water‐efficient irrigation techniques. Find a WaterSense-certified irrigation professional in the Portland metro area.
- If you already pay a lawn or irrigation service, use this landscape checklist from the EPA to start a conversation on how to improve water efficiency and save money.
Timing is everything
It’s important to know how much water your plants need, and how water needs vary with changes in the weather. In addition to a sprinkler checkup, set yourself up for success by simplifying your watering schedule:
Sign up for the Weekly Watering Number
- Take the guesswork out of watering and sign up to receive a personalized weekly watering number. The watering number can be used with any type of watering system you have. It just takes fifteen minutes to measure how much water your system uses (don’t worry, this is a one-time thing!) and you’ll be set to water efficiently all summer long.
Smart watering with a WaterSense-labeled controller
- Consider replacing your standard clock timer controller with a WaterSense-labeled controller. WaterSense-labeled controllers automatically adjust watering schedules to your local weather and landscape conditions. Portland Water Bureau customers who install an approved WaterSense-labeled controller are eligible for a rebate of up to $100 or $500 (limit one per account).