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Department of Public Works

Irrigation Meters

Is My Property Eligible To Receive An Irrigation Meter?

Burlington Water Resources requires a property have an irrigation system to receive a separate, water only meter.  The system must have permanent in ground water lines connected to permanent outlets (e.g., soaker hoses, sprinkler heads), along with plumbing that extends into the home with appropriate ball valve(s) and approved, testable backflow prevention.  This policy was adopted in 1993.  

What Size Meter Do I Need?

Most residential irrigation systems are adequately served by a 5/8” water meter.  If this will serve a commercial property or a very large property, please send us the expected maximum flow demand and the specifications of the irrigation system installed so we can size the meter appropriately.  

What Else Is Required?

You will need a Plumbing Permit from the City’s Permitting & Inspections Department There is an application, permit fee and final inspection required for all plumbing work.  Please contact them at 863-0442 with any additional permit related questions.    

Is There A Charge For The Meter? 

Yes.  A bill will be issued to the property owner for the all parts, labor and equipment necessary for the installation of the irrigation meter.

How Do I Schedule The Meter Installation?

The appointment for meter installation can be scheduled after we receive confirmation that a permit has been issued by the DPW Plumbing Inspector, and all work to the irrigation system and related plumbing has been completed.  Review the steps below:   

1.   Please contact us at 863-4501 or (M-F, 8-4:30) to discuss current availability.

2.   We recommend having at least two dates in mind when you contact us as your preferred time slot may not be available.

3.   We begin site visits at 8 am and schedule them in 1.5 hour block increments until 1:30 pm.  We do not utilize appointment windows--you will be able to choose an exact time.

4.   A property representative is required to remain onsite for the duration of the appointment.

5.   Please contact us to reschedule your appointment if anyone in the household has been sick, or recently interacted with someone who was sick.