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Posted on: August 20, 2021

NON-ESSENTIAL OUTDOOR WATER USE BAN EFFECTIVE AUGUST 20, 2021

PRESS RELEASE Watering Ban Notice 8-20-21

PRESS RELEASE

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:

  • Mulch your trees and plants - Mulch prevents water evaporation and  weed growth.
  • Leave grass clippings in place - grass clippings provide shade for the soil.
  • Let the grass grow longer to prevent premature dying - let grass stay longer than normal.
  • Check for leaks - Leaks in hoses, pipes, couplings, or sprinklers wastes water.
  • Invest in a rain barrel - water collected in these barrels can be used for watering  gardens and, if needed, lawns.

 

Inside Water Conservation Tips:

  • Fix running toilets.
  • Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • Take a shower instead of a bath. Low Flow showerheads save more water.
  • Only run full loads of laundry and use correct water level settings.
  • Only run the dishwasher when full.
  • Use water-efficient appliances (look for the WaterSense label).

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