Water conservation is the careful use and preservation of the water supply. Water is essential for life, a finite resource, and the reason Eagan is home to many beautiful lakes and wetlands. Helping reduce water use is a great way to protect these resources and save money.


Simple steps to conserve water

  • Fix running toilets
  • Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth
  • Shower instead of bathing
  • Only run full loads of laundry
  • Set the washing machine to the correct water level
  • Only run a full dishwasher
  • Use water-friendly landscaping, such as native plants
  • Water your yard, slowly, deeply, and less frequently
  • Water early in the morning, close to the ground
  • Use water-efficient appliances

Water Conservation Rebate Program

Conserve water and save money by installing water-saving devices. Eagan water customers can now apply for rebates for the purchase of WaterSense labeled and Energy Star qualified appliances.

Funding for this program is provided in part by the Metropolitan Council and Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment’s Water Efficiency Grant. Find more information about the grant program.

  • The rebate program is only available to customers of the City of Eagan’s water supply system.
  • Rebates for devices are calculated to a flat rate, taxes not included.
  • Upon approval, rebate checks will be issued by mail.
  • New construction and new development are ineligible as this program is intended as a current infrastructure replacement program.
  • Only qualifying purchases made on or after January 1, 2020, are eligible for the rebate.
  • The City of Eagan reserves the right to conduct inspections to verify the installation of products at the specified address. Repayment of refund will be required if products have not been installed at the location specified on the rebate application.
  • Currently, the City of Eagan is accepting water conservation rebate applications for residential properties only. This includes single-family homes, condominiums, townhomes, or duplexes. This also applies to device and/or appliance updates within individual apartment units. The program will be expanded to multi-family, commercial, institutional, and industrial properties in the future.

Single Family Residential Rebates

Device Type Rebate Amount Replacement Cycle (yrs)
Toilet Retrofit $50 20
Rainwater Harvesting System $30 5
Clothes Washer $150 8
Rain Barrel $10 5
Water Softener $10 8
Irrigation Controller $80 10
Irrigation Nozzle $10 10

Note: Only one rebate will be issued per device within the replacement cycle listed. If a single household has multiple devices of the same type, a separate rebate application must be submitted for each device (i.e. three separate toilet retrofit applications for a three-bathroom home). The City reserves the right to inspect for proper installation.

  • Look for products with the WaterSense label at your favorite retailer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also offers an extensive WaterSense Product Directory online.
  • An application must be completed separately for each device type.

Showerhead Replacement Programs to Save Water

The Energy programs that serve Eagan all are providing incentives to replace your showerheads at home as well. Take a look at the program your provider has to offer:

Minnesota Energy Resources customers can receive free energy-efficient shower heads.

Center Point Energy customers can receive free energy-efficient shower heads.

Xcel customers can receive free energy-efficient shower heads.


Rethink Lawn Care

Most Minnesota lawns are planted with Kentucky bluegrass which requires lots of water, fertilizer, and mowing to look good. For a terrific-looking, easy lawn, try growing fescues that grow deep roots and stay green even after drought.

Mowing your lawn short often prohibits its ability to grow deep roots. Deep roots reach more water and make your lawn healthier, stronger, and more disease-free. Set your mower to 3.5 inches or higher to grow deeper roots and use less water. Fescue grasses require less water to stay green.


Smart Irrigation

Eagan is continuing the Smart Irrigation Program to help the City reduce annual water use and residents to save money on their irrigation systems.

How it Works

  • Have an irrigation system evaluation performed, receive a comprehensive report about your system, have your old controller professionally replaced with a new “Smart” weather-based controller, and be trained on your new Smart system.
  • For a list of certified landscape irrigation auditors (CLIA), visit the EPA’s WaterSense website. Be sure to filter on the lefthand panel for Minnesota under "State/Province" and Irrigation System Audit under "Certification". See image below:
  • State selection menu from the EPA's WaterSense website

Details

Each Eagan property is eligible for a one-time, fixed rate discount of up to $250 ($170 for the irrigation audit and $80 for the irrigation controller). A refund is issued directly to the irrigation company from the City of Eagan. Note: residents do not need to submit a rebate application to the City; all refunds will be issued by the irrigation company directly.

Before beginning any irrigation system audit or updates, please contact the City of Eagan Utilities Division at (651) 675-5200 to ensure your selected contractor is CLIA certified and is participating in the Eagan Smart Irrigation Program. Only audits completed by CLIA certified technicians qualify for this program.

For more information:

Please contact the City of Eagan Utilities Division at (651) 675-5200 with any questions.


Get Involved

The City of Eagan welcomes input on water conservation issues. Contact Jon Eaton, Superintendent of Utilities, at (651) 675-5200 or you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you have questions about the City's water conservation efforts. You can also ask for information about how you can take part in decisions that may affect water quality and quantity.