Twice-Weekly Sprinkler Irrigation Schedule

Responsible Watering Starts Here

For Customers in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Newtown, Stamford and Westport

Drip irrigation, soaker hoses and hand-held watering are allowed at any time. Some residential and commercial customers may qualify for a variance from the schedule. Learn about our variance programs below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having a beautiful lawn and garden doesn’t mean you need to use a lot of water.

But homes with automatic sprinkler irrigation systems often use large volumes of water -- about 40% more than homes without the systems. All that water can even harmful to healthy lawns and gardens.

That’s why Aquarion worked with state and local officials to develop a twice-weekly, mandatory irrigation schedule in six towns where outdoor water usage is especially high. Customers in those towns are now saving millions of gallons of water each year. Please help your community maintain its water-efficiency by following the mandatory schedule for your in-ground and above ground sprinkler irrigation. You may use drip irrigation, soaker hoses and hand-held watering at any time.

 

Learn how landscapes can thrive on twice-weekly watering (or even less). Check out the information sheets below.
Find answers to your questions here.
Submit Anonymous Watering Violation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aquarion Variance Programs
Please click one of the links below to begin the application process for an Aquarion Irrigation Variance:

 

  • Request A New Planting Variance

The New Planting Variance program ended on June 15 and it reopens on September 1 to October 31 for the fall planting season. However, there are no restrictions on drip irrigation, soaker hoses or hand-held watering at this time.

From June 16 to August 31, Aquarion does not accept new planting variance requests, as it would be extremely difficult to establish new plantings during the hottest period of the summer. The program reopens for spring planting season on April 1 to June 15.

 

Customers with properties two acres or larger and an irrigation system installed / maintained by a professionally licensed irrigation contractor, and feel they cannot efficiently water the property within the mandatory twice-weekly schedule, can apply for this variance. In addition to a required on-site assessment of the irrigation system, the customer must also commit to a 15% water savings when compared to their 2015 usage. Systems must be water efficient and in good working order to be approved for a Large Property Variance. This variance program is available from April 6 to October 31.

 

Customers who have a high-efficiency irrigation system with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense® Weather-Based controller, which runs a schedule based upon site and weather conditions, and installed / maintained by a professionally licensed irrigation contractor, can apply for this variance. An on-site assessment of the irrigation system is required and the customer must also commit to a 20% water savings when compared to their 2015 usage. With an approved variance, customers can water outside of the mandatory irrigation schedule. This variance program is available from April 6 to October 31.

Please check for EPA’s WaterSense® Label to see if you have a weather-based irrigation controller before applying for this variance.

WaterSense® Weather-Based Controller List 

EPA Information on WaterSense® Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers

In the participating towns, licensed irrigation companies are aware of Aquarion’s Mandatory, Twice-Weekly Irrigation Schedule and Irrigation Variance Programs, and can help you decide which variance would work best for you.

 

Irrigation Evaluation Checklist Form – For use by licensed irrigation contractors when filling out irrigation system information for a variance application. This checklist must be filled out before an appointment with an Aquarion Assessor for an on-site irrigation system assessment.

 

Learn more

 

WaterSense
Water-Smart Landscapes

 

 

  

 

UCONN - Water Conservation in Connecticut Landscapes

 

 

  

 

UCONN - Water Conservation Practices: Landscape Irrigation

 

 

  

 

UCONN - Best Management Practices: Turfgrass Irrigation

 

 

 

Cultural Practices for Water Conservation: Landscape Plantings

  

 

Cultural Practices for Water Conservation: Turfgrass

 

Drought Tolerant Annuals and Perennials

 

Water Efficiency Management Guide Landscaping and Irrigation