The VRWJPO and City of Lakeville are collaboratively implementing a program to performed irrigation system audits at townhome and homeowner associations to identify ways to improve water efficiency, decrease groundwater use, and potentially reduce water bills.
Excessive groundwater use within the watershed affects the amount of groundwater available for residential, business/industrial, and agricultural uses. Excessive groundwater usage also impacts aquatic organisms and habitat within the watershed. A growing population will increase the demand for groundwater and the infrastructure needed to supply it to watershed residents. To achieve the VRWJPO Watershed Plan’s goal of maintaining a sustainable water supply, projects that conserve water are needed to ensure adequate water supply for the growing population.
Lawn maintenance and landscaping are the most consistent discretionary water uses in urban settings. By performing irrigation system audits, the VRWJPO and City of Lakeville staff will use recommendations to help associations achieve significant water savings, which will result in reduced costs and a sustainable water supply.
The program will provide irrigation system audits at a subsidized rate of $50 per association. After an audit has been completed, the associations are eligible for 75 percent cost share, up to a maximum of $1,500 per association for EPA WaterSense improvements, and 25 percent cost share, up to a maximum of $500 per association for non-EPA WaterSense improvements. The installation or implementation of recommended improvements must be identified in the irrigation audit and must result in significant water savings.