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Water World: Millions of gallons of water saved

April 19, 2022 -  By

Location: Alameda, Calif. 

Company: Serpico Landscaping

To conserve water and reduce overspray on houses and sidewalks, Serpico Landscaping installed more than 40,000 square feet of in-line drip irrigation in the narrow planter strips at the Sandpiper Cove Homeowners’ Association. The team also installed an ETwater Smart Controller to ensure consistent conservation, says Peter Novak, president of Serpico Landscaping.

These moves reduced irrigation water usage from more than 5 million gallons to 2.4 million gallons annually. The new system slashed water costs by more than 45 percent — not including service, seismic and pumping costs. The net result for the project was 60 percent less in water expenses annually.

“When a contractor can produce that kind of result for their client, the client will have a more positive view toward other enhancement opportunities, especially ones that will help increase property values,” Novak says.

The extensive project required some creative solutions. Serpico created a parking safety plan for the areas under renovation. That included a phased no parking plan where crews communicated about the areas impacted by the project to community members who used street parking. Novak says the project took four weeks to complete and provided lasting benefits.

“As the cost of water service has risen exponentially over the last several years, these savings will compound over the life of the system and not only pay for itself over time via the savings,” Novak says.

Photo: Serpico Landscaping

Photo: Serpico Landscaping

The client needed to find ways to reduce irrigation overspray in this drought-prone area.

Photo: Serpico Landscaping

Photo: Serpico Landscaping

The Serpico team controlled street parking to prevent any disruption from the system renovations.

Photo: Serpico LandscapingPhoto: Serpico Landscaping

Photo: Serpico Landscaping

Conversion to drip irrigation from standard sprayheads reduced irrigation maintenance costs by 43 percent annually.

Photo: Serpico Landscaping

Photo: Serpico Landscaping

Serpico Landscaping installed Netafim in-line drip irrigation in the narrow planters.  

Photo: Serpico Landscaping

Photo: Serpico Landscaping

After crews installed the new in-line drip system, all of the bare dirt in the planter areas received 3 inches of eco-friendly mulch. 

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