Water Conservation

Do you own an irrigation system? Interested in saving water and money? 

Water is essential to almost every part of daily life. Although we currently enjoy water resources in Minnesota the future is not guaranteed. Water conservation has become increasingly important as droughts occur more frequently, as our community expands, and as alternate water resources are threatened.

A growing body of evidence suggests that a “business as usual” approach to using our drinking water resources is not sustainable. To learn more about how you can help to secure our water's future, explore the strategies below. 

  • Water your lawn after sunset or before sunrise: Watering early in the morning when the temperature is low helps to retain that moisture on your lawn. Watering after 10 am wastes as much as 25 percent due to evaporation.
  • Water only when your lawn needs it, rather than on a set schedule: if you own an in-ground sprinkler system, retrofit it with a soil moisture sensor or a smart irrigation controller.
  • Water deeply and infrequently: plants are adapted to receive water more infrequently than you might think. Allowing the grass to dry between waterings also helps to promote deep and healthy root growth.
  • Watch the weather: using a rain gauge can help you determine if your lawn has had one inch of water in the week, whether by rain or by sprinkler. 
  • Wait to mow, and mow high: Although grass will tolerate being mowed low, leaving your grass a little taller helps to improve lawn quality and lessen the need for irrigation. 
  • Watch your irrigation system: regular maintenance can reduce your irrigation water use by 15 percent or nearly 8,800 gallons of water annually- a savings of $23.32.
Turf grass lawn edged with shrubs.