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Posted on: October 12, 2021

WATERING BAN LIFTED EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 12, 2021

Watering Ban LIfted Notice 10-12-21

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDI ATE RELEASE – October 12, 2021

Watering Ban Lifted

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 the Watch Phase, of the Statewide Drought Plan.  The Watch Phase indicates that a significant portion of the watershed is “Abnormally Dry” or in a “Moderate Drought”.  

 

The City of Waite Park will be lifting the watering ban effective immediately.  We would like to thank our residents and businesses for their water conservation efforts before and during the drought period.  The City has been able to maintain the reduced usage rates required by the MNDNR during the drought period because of their efforts; and therefore, preserved the City's drinking water supply.

 

Because we have not yet reached the “Non-Drought Phase”, the City would like to request our residents and businesses to continue to maintain voluntary measures to reduce water use.  

 

It is always important to conserve water inside and outside of your property by following the below tips:

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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