WaterWise Water Conservation Program
The WaterWise Program was created to help residents, business owners, organizations and city staff reduce water usage throughout Chanhassen. Irrigation use during the summer months contributes to a large increase in the demand for potable water and puts unneeded stress on the aquifers we draw from. This is always a concern as Chanhassen and the Twin Cities metro area continue to grow.
The WaterWise Program offers educational opportunities, programs, and incentives including:
- Irrigation audit program
- WaterWise landscaping rebates
- WaterWise Weather-based Irrigation Controller Rebate - New in 2016 & 2017*
- Energy Star Clothes Washing Machine Rebate - New in 2016 & 2017*
April Showers Bring Rain Barrels! Rain barrels are now available through the Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District and the Recycling Association of Minnesota. Click here to order one today! Carver County Environmental Services also has a limited supply of rain barrels available first-come, first-served.
July is Smart Irrigation Month
Governor Dayton has declared July 'Smart Irrigation Month.' Sponsored by the Irrigation Association, Smart Irrigation Month is a national campaign to increase awareness about simple practices and innovative technologies homeowners and businesses can use to sustain healthy lawns and landscapes while using water resources more efficiently.
July is a peak month for water use. For example, the City of Woodbury, Minn. supplies an average of 4 million gallons of water per day during the winter. In the summer, daily water use goes up to as much as 16 million gallons. Lawn irrigation accounts for most of the summertime increase, making July a good month to consider smart irrigation practices and technologies that conserve water," said Gary Klinefelter, founder and president of IrriGreen Inc.
Reducing water use can help homeowners and businesses save money on their utility bills. It also contributes to reducing the need for costly public spending on new infrastructure to store and convey water and protects our communities' water supplies for the future.
Did You Know?
- 50% of household water is used on lawns and landscapes.
- The best and most efficient time of day to water your lawn is before 8 am and after 5 pm.
- Unless you own a WaterSense certified smart irrigation controller, your irrigation schedule should be adjusted monthly.
- You can save over 300 gallons in one month by running your dishwasher only when it is full.
- Treatment plants and potable water distribution systems must be built 3-4 times larger due to the increased demand of summer lawn irrigation.
- Aquifers are rocks or deposits located underground that hold water in cracks or spaces between layers of sand or gravel.
- The majority of Chanhassen's water supply comes from the Prairie du Chien-Jordan aquifer.
*Funding for the City of Chanhassen WaterSense ‘Smart’ Irrigation Controller and Energy Star Clothes Washing Machine Rebate Programs is provided in part by the Metropolitan Council and Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment’s Water Efficiency Grant.