More than half the state is under severe or extreme drought conditions, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ drought monitor. DNR officials say this is the worst drought conditions have been in the state in nearly a decade.
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The city of Minneapolis announced Monday it is implementing odd/even water sprinkling restrictions, meaning those with odd-numbered addresses limit outdoor watering to odd-numbered days, and even-numbered addresses do so on even-numbered days. The restrictions are in place “until further notice.” In addition, sprinkling is not allowed from noon to 6 p.m. daily.
The city said bushes and flowers can be watered with a hose, and vegetable gardens and new sod can be watered on any day outside of the prohibited six-hour window. Trees may be watered with “a dripping hose, bucket or tree watering bags as needed.”
St. Paul Regional Water Services is encouraging customers to engage in odd/even watering schedules. SPRWS also asks customers to limit their watering to before noon or after 6 p.m. to minimize evaporation.
Brainerd Public Utilities has implemented a daytime watering ban to ensure adequate water supply and to promote water conservation. Watering of lawns and gardens is not allowed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., seven days a week. The Brainerd Public Utilities Commission will consider implementing fines if customers fail to comply with the watering restrictions.
Odd-numbered addresses should restrict watering to odd-numbered days, and even-numbered addresses to even-numbered days. In addition, customers are asked to limit outdoor watering to the cooler times of the day — before noon or after 6:00 pm — to minimize evaporation.
The City of Hastings is prohibiting watering lawns, landscaping or gardens between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., every day. The city reports that second and subsequent violations are subject to a $50 fine.
Effective at 7PM on Tuesday, June 22nd until further notice, the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban will be modified to allow outdoor watering (lawn irrigation and vehicle washing) following the odd/even watering restrictions between the hours of 7PM to 5AM. Property owners having even numbered postal addresses may water, sprinkle or irrigate their lawns only on even numbered days. Property owners having odd numbered postal addresses may water, sprinkle, or irrigate their lawns only on odd numbered days. Property owners with private wells are exempt from this ban.
There is a watering restriction in place for Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, and Lake St. Croix Beach. Outdoor watering is banned for those on municipal water between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Even-numbered addresses may water on even days, odd-numbered address may water on odd days.
Maple Grove is prohibiting outdoor watering from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, as well as implementing an odd/even watering schedule.
In an effort to conserve our water resources, Minnetonka implements the following lawn watering restrictions between May 1 and Sept. 30 every year: No watering between 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Even-numbered addresses can only water on even-numbered days, odd addresses on odd-numbered days. Private water sources and wells can be used anytime and must be registered with the city and have a yard sign. Call 952-988-8400 to learn more and register.
On Wednesday, water restrictions were also announced in Roseville. Residents are asked to follow odd/even watering restrictions that limit outdoor watering to the cooler times of the day to minimize evaporation.
“All customers are asked to limit outdoor watering to before noon or after 6 p.m. An exception is allowed if watering new sod or seed requires daily watering,” Roseville officials said in a release.
In St. Cloud, the city is asking residents to “limit lawn irrigation to once or twice a week to reduce demands and preserve the City’s drinking water supply.”