New water-efficient landscaping regulations recently adopted by the city of Aspen could soon be changing.
Per a report in the Aspen Times, these regulations require new or substantially remodeled residential projects in the city’s water-service area to include landscape and irrigation plans, a water budget for the site and an irrigation audit afterwards. The issue lies in the fact that the audit has to be completed by a third-party certified landscape irrigation auditor and such auditors are rare in Colorado.
The city is exploring setting up a local training program to increase the number of certified auditors in the area in order to make it easier for people to comply.
As stated in the article, developers and property owners still can obtain a certificate of occupancy from the city even without a certified irrigation audit during the ongoing pilot phase of the new regulations. This phase is set to end in June but may be extended.