Water Conservation Services

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City of Folsom water customers may receive a free evaluation of indoor and outdoor water use, including an irrigation check-up.  Call the Water Management Program at 916-461-6174 or send an e-mail to waterconservation@folsom.ca.us  to request a free water use survey.

What is a Water-Wise House Call or Water Survey?

It is a free service provided by the Water Management Program for all Folsom water customers.  City staff will evaluate your water usage and make recommendations on how you can use water more efficiently. Typically, up to 70 percent of residential water use occurs outdoors.

A free Water-Wise House Call includes:

  • A site inspection and evaluation of the landscape, irrigation equipment, irrigation system design and assistance in programming controllers for effective watering schedules.
  • Brochures on water-wise landscaping.
  • Discussion on interior fixture conservation measures.
  • Low-flow showerhead, toilet tank tummy, toilet tank leak dye, low-flow faucet aerators are available.
How do I get a free residential water survey?
Call 916-461-6174 or send an e-mail to waterconservation@folsom.ca.us.  Water surveys are scheduled on weekdays by appointment.  A survey normally takes about one hour for a typical residence. 

Why should I schedule a water survey?

Up to 50% of residential water use is outside the home.  A water use survey will give you important information on improving the effectiveness of your landscape irrigation and reducing water waste. Rebates for irrigation upgrades and weather-based irrigation controllers are currently available.

What does it cost?
Nothing.  Is is a free service provided by the City for all water customers.

Do I have to be home?
Yes.  You must be home to allow access to gated yards and to operate automatic controllers.

For tips on water-wise irrigation, landscape design/maintenance, and plant, soil water relationship: Download Brochure

Are you interested in using recycled water?  Visit the Regional Sanitation District link to read more.  Printable flyer - click here.

How to Use Your Sprinkler Timer

Learn the controller

For many of us, the most puzzling piece of technology in our homes is our sprinkler controller. It doesn’t have to be this way. By taking a few simple steps you can master your sprinkler controller and begin to water efficiently.

  • Read the manual first. If you don’t have one, check the internet. Most manuals are available on the manufacturer’s websites.
  • Follow the programming instructions step by step and in order. Skipping steps and working out of order is a common cause of mistakes.
  • Get to know your controller. What functions does it have? At a minimum, a controller should have at least two programs and three start times per program. More is better. More start times and more programs will allow for better flexibility and control.  You will be able to water more efficiently with less waste.
Using a scheduling worksheet

Now that you are familiar with your controller and its capabilities, it's time to make the controller work for you. The best way to do this is to use a scheduling worksheet.

  • Click here to download a blank version.
  • Click here for an example.

By using the manual start or run function of your controller, identify which areas or zones of your landscape are controlled by which station on the controller. Turn each station on one at a time and note on the worksheet what zone is being watered. For example; station #1 is the front lawn, station #2 is the shrub bed beside the garage, etc.

Important note: Don’t try to program the controller and fill out the worksheet at the same time. Complete the worksheet before returning to the controller. The worksheet is your scheduling plan. The controller is the tool you will use to accomplish the plan.

  • Once you have determined what zones are controlled by which stations you can determine how you want to water each zone. Different types of plants have different water requirements. Group zones with similar water needs on the same program. For example, put all turf zones on program A, all shrub zones on program B, and all vegetable gardens on program C etc.

Note: How well you can divide your system depends on how many programs your controller has.

  • Determine the run time for each station and record it on the worksheet.
  • Determine the start times and days to water for each program and record them on the worksheet.
  • Now you can program the controller.

Each controller will differ slightly as to how it is programmed.  Read the manual, become familiar with your controller, and use the scheduling worksheet.  This will enable you to use your controller to its full potential.


Upcoming Workshops 

There are no workshops scheduled at this time.
Please check back in Spring 2020 for the new schedule.

Past Workshops

2019 Workshops

  • Framing Your Low-Water Garden - a Watershed Approach to Hardscape
    Presenter: Karrie Reid

    Environmental Horticulture Advisor for UCCE, San Joaquin County
    Date Scheduled: August 28, 2019
    Event Flyer
    Workshop Presentation
  • Life Beyond the Lawn
    Presenter: Bernadette Balics
    Owner of Ecological Landscape Design
    Date Scheduled: July 31, 2019
    Event Flyer
    Workshop Presentation
  • All About Lawn Care
    Presenter: Don Smith
    Water Management Coordinator, City of Folsom
    Date Scheduled: June 26, 2019
    Event Flyer
    Workshop Presentation
  • Right Plant, Right Place, Right Care
    Presenter: Cheryl Buckwalter
    Educator, consultant and residential landscape designer
    Date Scheduled: May 29, 2019
    Event Flyer
    Workshop Presentation

2018 Workshops

  • Lawn Care Basics
    Presenter: Don Smith
    Water Management Coordinator, City of Folsom
    Date Scheduled: July 11, 2018
    Presenter Bio
  • Making the Most of Your Landscape
    Presenter: Cheryl Buckwalter
    Landscape Designer & Consultant, Landscape Liaisons
    Date Scheduled: July 25, 2018
    Presenter Bio
  • Ask the Sprinkler Guy
    Presenter: Don Smith
    Water Management Coordinator, City of Folsom
    Date Held: April 28, 2018
    Presenter Bio
    Event Flyer