Contractor performance payments for following a water budget and achieving water savings
The San Diego County Water Authority and San Diego Gas & Electric recently co-sponsored a program to improve landscape irrigation for commercial properties with dedicated landscape meters. The program offered $1,700 to landscape contractors able to reduce average annual water use by 20 percent over a 12-month period from an established baseline. Participants were required to manage landscapes to a water budget. Additionally, incentives were offered for labor and materials to 1) fix leaks, 2) reduce pressure, and/or 3) install irrigation efficiency upgrades to improve irrigation distribution uniformity.