Water Conservation Program
Inspiration can come from several sources. As Mayor, I believe its imperative that we must learn from our neighboring cities. In a recent public forum I met a Minnetonka resident who has seen the great work that Chanhassen has done to develop a water conservation program that specifically focuses on the lawn watering and offers incentives to residents that follow the WaterWise program.
Below is an outline of the plan the Chanhassen uses. I believe we should start a discussion with our Sustainability team and then brought to the council. Chanhassen has been able to utilize grants to support the incentives provided.
As a city we should not be afraid of looking to our neighbors for inspiration and more importantly listening to the constituents of Minnetonka. "All Voices Heard", will help the city of Minnetonka!
Let's start a conversation!!
WaterWise Water Conservation Program
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.
Overview The WaterWise Program helps residents, business owners, and organizations reduce water usage throughout Chanhassen. Water use has continued to rise each year within the city, partly due to increased population and partly due to increased demand in general. The highest use occurs in the summer when thousands of irrigation systems are pumping drinking water to spray on lawns. This puts unneeded stress on the aquifers we draw from and costs taxpayers as extra wells and systems are built to meet the demand for water during peak times. The WaterWise Program offers educational opportunities and incentives to reduce water usage at home and at work. Saving water at home saves you money. Check out these links on ways to use water more efficiently.
Water Saving Strategies
University of Minnesota Water Wisely Tips
Irrigation Assessments The city is offering free irrigation assessments to homeowners and grants to businesses to conduct a review of their irrigation systems. For businesses, this assessment can help your system run more efficiently and be a significant money savings. In 2021, there are grant funds available to homeowner associations cover up to 90% of the cost of an assessment. Act now to take advantage of this opportunity.
Irrigation Assessment Program
Product Rebates The City is also offering rebates on WaterSense certified toilets and irrigation controllers as well as Energy Star clothes washers. You can find out program details with the link below and find products that meet the requirements.
Energy Star Certified Products
WaterSense Certified Products
City of Chanhassen WaterWise Program Information
Water Conservation For Kids Need a little help explaining the importance of conserving water to kids; not only the benefits it has on saving money but on the earth as well? Check out the articles below and the cool Water Cycle Diagram. The Water Cycle - Interactive Diagram Water Conservation for Kids Water Conservation at Home 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! July is Smart Irrigation Month In 2016, July was declared '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.