Minneapolis faces possible water restrictions amid drought – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Department of Natural Resources says Minnesota has now reached the warning phase under the statewide drought plan. As the state dries up, the city of Minneapolis is urging residents to voluntarily restrict their water use.
According to the DNR, half of Minnesota experiences severe drought and about 4% of the state experiences extreme drought. City staff say residents have done a good job over the past decade limiting water use. Currently, the city has no watering restrictions in place, but that could change as early as next week if drought conditions improve.
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“It is likely that we would go towards odd-even restrictions where people on the odd-numbered side of the street can water one day and people on the even side of the street can water the other day,” said Annika Bankston, of Water. Treatment and Director of Minneapolis Distribution Services.
Minneapolis has relied on the Mississippi River for its drinking water for over 150 years. The city assures the public of its continued ability to produce sufficient quantities of high quality water for its residents and wholesale customers.
“As the rainfall decreases there is less water to replenish the river, so we make sure that as we use it we use less and the flows in the rivers. main branches of the river are what they should be for downstream users, ”Bankston explained.
Some water conservation tips include shorter showers and watering the grass during the cooler part of the day to prevent evaporation.
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Dane Anderson, six, of Minneapolis, explained how it stays cool while conserving water.
“I’ve been drinking popsicles, going to water pools, sometimes indoor pools, and I have a lot of watermelons,” Dane said.
Dane’s father Kyle said they used less water in their small garden, but said the main concern with the intense heat was their dog.
“She is an extremely black bitch and she cooks in the sun. We’ve been to dog parks that have water points so she can hang out in the river, ”Kyle said.
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The DNR said it would take at least 3 to 5 inches of widespread rain over a two-week period to significantly alleviate the drought.