Colorado city changing landscape irrigation regulations

Water-efficient landscape regulations adopted in Aspen, Colorado, require irrigation audits.

March 2, 2018
Edited by Megan Smalley
Industry News Irrigation

City of Aspen staffers may recommend some changes to the water-efficient landscaping regulations adopted by the city last May before the most stringent aspects of the new rules kick in after a yearlong pilot phase, The Aspen Times newspaper reported.

The new regulations, which city staffers say have been well-received, require new or substantially remodeled residential projects in the city’s water-service area to include a landscape plan, an irrigation plan and a water budget for the site. According to Aspen Times, the city now requires that an irrigation audit be completed after a new landscaping system has been installed, and that audit has to be done by a third-party certified landscape irrigation auditor.

Trouble is, such certified auditors are rare in Colorado, Aspen Times reported. The city is also exploring setting up a local training program to increase the number of certified auditors to make it easier for people to comply.

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