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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 20, 2021
Water Conservation Efforts
Doing Our Part to Protect Minnesota's Water Resources
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) announced that the State moved from the Drought Warning Phase to “Extreme Drought” – restrictive phase, of the Statewide Drought Plan because more than 50% of Minnesota is now in an “Extreme” drought. The DNR reports that it will take five to nine inches of precipitation over a one-month period to significantly alleviate the drought. The City of Waite Park, along with all other public water supplies in the State, are partnering with and will receive guidance from the MNDNR throughout the remainder of this drought.
The City of Waite Park thanks those that have already put forth water conservation efforts before and during the drought period. Due to the DNR changing to a restrictive phase and the current drought conditions, more efforts are needed to protect our water resources.
Effective July 21, 2021, the City of Waite Park implemented a TOTAL WATERING BAN.
As of August 20, 2021, the City is asking property owners to ban “ALL” non-essential outdoor water use of power washing buildings and outdoor surfaces, private property washing of vehicles, boats, etc, or filling swimming pools. This will reduce demands and preserve the City's drinking water supply until the DNR removes the drought warning, or until the City Council revises the ban. If the drought conditions worsen, the City will be required to implement additional water reduction measures to comply with the DNR's Statewide Drought Plan.
The City will only be hand watering flower beds, trees, and planters.
The Splash Pad, which has a recycled water system, will have reduced hours of 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
The currently plan to have the Splash Pad remain open until closing for the season September 7th.
Residents and property owners are allowed to water their flower and vegetable gardens, trees, shrubs, and potted plants “by hand watering”.
It is important to conserve water inside and outside of your property
Outside Water Conservation Tips:
Inside Water Conservation Tips: