How to Get a Pump Test

IMPORTANT! As a result of changes in PG&E’s tariffs, a pump test can result in a full month’s demand charges on your PG&E bill. Please check with your PG&E Account Representative to fully understand your current rate schedule.

IMPORTANT! The current subsidy is $200/test if the pump has not been tested in the last four years; $100/test if the pump has not been tested in the last two years; and $50/test if the pump is a booster pump in direct series with a water well. You are responsible for knowing the total cost of the test as the subsidy is not guaranteed to cover the total cost. 

  • Contact APEP at any time if you have questions about the program.

Steps to Get a Pump Test
Follow these simple steps to obtain a pump efficiency test

  1. Contact one of the participating pump test companies.

List of Participating Pump Testers

  1. Arrange for the time of test – Note that the pump will have to be running for the test. You will have to sign an Access Agreement before the test and the Record of Test form after the test. This certifies that the test company had a legal right to access the pump and that the test was completed and the results given to you.

Site Access Agreement

†APEP Record of Test

  1. The subsidy will be paid directly to the pump test company and they will take care of all paperwork.

IMPORTANT! There are important rules concerning tests that the Program will subsidize. If the test cannot pass all of these rules the Program will not provide a subsidy and you may have to pay the full cost of the test. Discuss this situation with your chosen test company before committing to the test.

Rules Concerning Subsidized Pump Tests
Rules concerning pump tests subsidized by the Program include:

  1. The pump test must be for the purpose of determining current overall pumping efficiency (OPE).
  2. Only one subsidized test is allowed per pump in a 23-month period, which may be used for documenting either pre-retrofit OPE, or post-retrofit OPE.
  3. Subsidized pump tests are NOT available for any purpose related to:
    • A real estate transaction (e.g., determine flow, pumping water level, water quality).
    • Satisfaction of a mandate of any federal, state, or local government or quasi-political agency (participants in PG&E’s AG-ICE program are specifically eligible for all parts of APEP).
  4. Subsidized pump tests are not available for the following conditions:
    • A pump which is in the APEP database already which was previously tested at 30% OPE or less for electric pumps, 20% OPE or less for a submersible pump, and 6% OPE or less for a natural gas-powered pump, unless that pump was retrofitted in the interim.
    • Water wells or any other pump where the true total dynamic head cannot be determined. APEP requires that a subsidized pump test be able to calculate OPE.
    • Any pump powered by less than 25 horsepower as listed on the motor/engine nameplate.