Residential and business properties within Mountain Village, Ski Ranches and West Meadows qualify for the program. Qualifying properties can request an irrigation system assessment from landscaping or irrigation companies and receive a $300 rebate for completing the assessment. The goal of the program is to incentivize properties to evaluate their irrigation systems for inefficiencies and potential leaks and to provide property owners with a list of solutions to address these issues.
This rebate program complements the Town’s existing efforts to mitigate the effects of Colorado’s drought through water conservation and water loss prevention. Colorado is currently experiencing a historic drought spanning more than two decades. Outdoor water restrictions went into effect on June 1, 2022 (as they do most summers) to implement an irrigation schedule and a reduction in water consumption levels.
The Town’s Smart Irrigation Controls Incentive Program eases compliance with these restrictions by offering Rachio smart irrigation controllers or rebates for controllers to residents and businesses who are on the Town of Mountain Village water system.
Why water conservation matters - the data
- Over 65% of the United States is abnormally dry and 44.2% of the country is in a moderate drought.
- Strains to the system include population growth, long-term warming trends, major wildfires, and multi-year droughts.
- Colorado is in active drought. Water Year 2020 was the 12th warmest water year on record in Colorado since 1895.
- 20 states, including 19 million Coloradans, and Mexico depend on the water from Colorado's major river basins.
- 98.5% of Colorado is abnormally dry and 44.6% of the state is in a severe drought.
- 100% of our local region, San Miguel County, is in a severe drought with a small portion of it in an extreme drought.
- In 2022 to date, San Miguel County is experiencing its 9th driest year to date over the past 128 years. San Miguel County's precipitation is 3.68 inches less than normal.
- May 2022 was the 28th driest May on record over the past 128 years. The amount of precipitation is 0.78 inches less than normal.