Best Mgmt Practices

Best Management Practices assure the overall quality and efficiency of the irrigation system. The Irrigation Association and the American Society of Irrigation Consultants have developed the Landscape Irrigation Best Management Practices for landscape and irrigation professionals and policy makers who must preserve and extend the water supply while protecting water quality. BMPs will aid key stakeholders (policy makers, water purveyors, designers, installation and maintenance contractors, and consumers) to develop and implement appropriate codes and standards for effective water stewardship in the landscape.

Specific benefits of using BMPs include:

  • Enjoining the water purveyor and the landscape and irrigation industries in water planning and development of local strategies to manage irrigation water use.
  • Improving irrigation efficiency to optimize water use in both existing and new landscapes.
  • Reducing energy costs of treating and pumping water.
  • Providing criteria to achieve the desired results of water use efficiency that fit the purpose and function of the managed landscape.


Landscape Irrigation Best Management Practices include:

  • Three BMPs that address the design, installation and management of irrigation systems.
  • Practice guidelines that address ways to effectively implement the respective BMPs and can be adapted locally.
  • Appendices that provide related information for the implementation or understanding of the BMPs.


Click here to access Best Management Practices and Guidelines to better design, install, and manage landscape irrigation systems. 


A special thank you to the Irrigation Association and the American Society of Irrigation Consultants for their countless hours of work in producing these BMPs.