Irrigation Assessment Program


Each year there is a significant increase in water use during the summer months in Chanhassen due to irrigation. In an effort to engage the community in water efficient strategies, the City is offering irrigation assessments to Homeowners' Associations, residents, businesses, and other organizations that could benefit from a more water efficient system.

To give you an idea of the increase in water use that occurs during the summer months, consider that the average number of gallons pumped per person in the winter is 80.7 per person per day. In the summer, the average is 225.6 gallons per person per day. Lawn irrigation and other outdoor watering is the primary reason for this increase. Annually about 43% of the City water pumped is used for outdoor uses.

Organizations and businesses that are responsible for irrigating large landscaped areas can reap the largest cost and time-savings benefits from employing efficiency strategies. For these organizations, the amount of money being spent on maintenance is probably significant. By participating in the WaterWise Irrigation Assessment program, your organization can find the best way to reduce its cost, maximize its resources and improve its landscape management.

The irrigation system assessment is a thorough review of each component of your system. The assessment will test for proper water pressure, review the zones, cycles and schedules of the control panel and run the system to evaluate zone efficiency and find any parts in need of repair. An irrigation professional, who is also US EPA WaterSense certified, will conduct the assessment and furnish a report cataloguing system characteristics and identifying opportunities for improvements. 

For residents, Chanhassen offers an educational assessment, performed by a WaterSense certified city staff member. City staff can perform a brief check of your system to look for any needed repairs, and demonstrate how to set your irrigation schedule so that your system can operate at its highest efficiency, saving your household money as well as reducing your water usage.

Residents: Contact Public Works at 952-227-1300 to schedule an irrigation audit.

Businesses: Contact Jill Sinclair to discuss a system assessment at your location.

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