Water Conservation

Overview


The City of Rosemount works hard to provide adequate amounts of clean, safe water to its residents and businesses. Conserving water, especially during peak summer usage months, will help ensure that the water system can provide enough water for primary needs such as drinking water and fire suppression. The table below summarizes Rosemount’s water system activity over the past four years:
ROSEMOUNT WATER SYSTEM
2016
2017
2018
2019
Total gallons pumped
920 MG
924 MG
871 MG
780 MG
Average gallons pumped per day
2.52 MG
2.53 MG
2.39 MG
2.14 MG
Average gallons pumped per day (Jun - Aug)
4.52 MG
4.22 MG
3.76 MG
3.47 MG
Max gallons pumped in a single day
6.02 MG
(Jun 27)
6.88 MG
(Jun 9)
5.19 MG
(Aug 13)
5.60 MG
(Aug 9)

Water Efficiency Rebates are Back!

The City is offering water efficiency rebates for the purchase of water-efficient products like toilets, washing machines, irrigation controllers, and even irrigation audits (learn more about audits in the video at the bottom of the page).  Get a credit up to $200 on your next utility bill by purchasing and installing a WaterSense product in your existing home, or having an irrigation audit performed by a qualified inspector.  New construction homes do not qualify for the rebate.  More details are provided on the application form below.  Rebate funds are limited, so get your application in as soon as possible.  Receipts must be dated January 1, 2020 or later to qualify.

Funding for Water Efficiency Rebates is provided by the Metropolitan Council, Clean Water Fund, and City of Rosemount.

More information can be found on the Home and Yard Programs page.

Helpful Conservation Tips


OUTDOORS
  • DON’T water your lawn/landscaping between Noon and 6:00 p.m. when much of the water is evaporated by the hot summer sun.
  • DON’T over-water your lawn. Most lawns need about 1” per week to remain healthy and green.
  • DON’T collect grass clippings when you mow; the clippings provide shade for the soil and help prevent evaporation.
  • DO comply with the City’s odd-even watering restrictions to help prevent extreme demands on the water system.
  • DO position your sprinklers so the water lands on the lawn or garden, not on paved areas.
  • DO let your lawn go dormant during drought conditions; this saves water and time spent mowing.
  • DO choose shrubs or ground cover instead of grass for hard-to-water areas (steep slopes or isolated strips).
  • Water saving strategies for your lawn
  • No need to water so much - here's proof (from the Vermillion River Watershed)
INDOORS
  • Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when fully loaded (saves up to 1,000 gallons per month).
  • Install low-flow toilets, faucets and showerheads (saves up to 1,200 gallons per month).
  • Check for leaks and make repairs quickly (saves up to 500 gallons per month).
  • Compost food waste instead of sending it through the disposal with water (saves up to 150 gallons per month).

More Information


For more great water conservation ideas, visit these sites:
www.wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve
http://turf.umn.edu/

Resources

Watch these videos from the University of MN Extension for helpful information about effective irrigation practices, and hints for how you can save water (and money)!
Green Grass with Less Blue
Too Much of a Good Thing
Irrigation System Audits