City of Minneapolis asks residents to conserve water


A press release says the city of Minneapolis will not yet put in place watering conditions, but will put measures in place if the drought worsens.

MINNEAPOLIS – Megan O’Mera owns a house in South Minneapolis. When it comes to nurturing her yard, she says, “it’s a work in progress.

“Everything is just brown,” O’Mera said. “We’re trying to be careful, but I’ll say we just put the sod this summer, so we watered the garden.”

But that may soon change. The city of Minneapolis has announced possible water restrictions as drought conditions continue. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Drought Action Plan, the city is currently on drought watch.

“It’s a lot more dramatic and impactful this year,” said Laura Betker, KARE 11 meteorologist.

Betker said that while drought conditions are not unusual in Minnesota, they are more prevalent this year. One of the highest, called extreme drought, now covers 4% of the state, causing widespread wildfire dangers and record-breaking surface water.

“This is the first time since 2013 that we have seen extreme drought in this state,” Betker said.

While it will take 2 to 5 inches of widespread rain over a two week period to help end the drought, Betker has advice for people looking for advice, like O’Mera.

“It’s good to let your weed turn brown, it won’t die, it will start growing again when we get colder weather and a constant temperature,” Betker said.

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A city press release suggested that people looking for ways to conserve water:

  • Water lawns during the cooler part of the day to prevent evaporation.
  • Water lawns only as needed; according to the statement, “most lawns only need an inch of water per week.”
  • Install low-flow showerhead and faucet aerators to shower instead of bathing.
  • Turn off the sink faucet while shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • Clean the vegetables in a large saucepan instead of running the water.
  • For those who have a dishwasher, load the dishes in it without rinsing them first and only run it when fully loaded.
  • For those who don’t have a dishwasher, fill the sink with water to wash dishes by hand instead of running the water.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry.

According to the statement, Minneapolis is not yet putting in place watering conditions, although it will put in place measures to reduce water use if the drought worsens.

To learn more about the current drought conditions in Minnesota, visit the website here.

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