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Due to the current drought conditions in Minnesota, the City of Bloomington has implemented water use restrictions for all residents and businesses. Thank you for helping conserve valuable water resources.

When watering restrictions are in place ...

Sprinkling lawns is not allowed from noon to 6 p.m. on any day. 

On even-numbered days, only lawns on properties with even-numbered addresses may be watered. Watering is not allowed between noon and 6 p.m. 

Example: a resident at 9204 Example Street may water their lawn during the allowed hours on even-numbered days like July 10. 

On odd-numbered days, only lawns on properties with odd-numbered addresses may be watered. Watering is not allowed between noon and 6 p.m. 

Example: a resident at 9205 Example Street may water their lawn during the allowed hours on odd-numbered days like July 11. 

Exceptions

  • Bushes and flowers may be watered with a handheld hose as needed.
  • Trees may be watered with a dripping hose, bucket or tree watering bag as needed.
  • Vegetable gardens and new sod (first two weeks from placement) may be watered on any day, but not during the prohibited afternoon hours of noon to 6 p.m.

Enforcement

  • Enforcement will include a written warning followed by a $25 fine applied to the utility bill.

Conditions resulting in watering restrictions

  • A water use emergency may be declared in response to ongoing drought conditions.
  • Cities are required to enact watering restrictions when the Minnesota DNR enacts its drought action plan.
  • Water restrictions may also be imposed by the City of Bloomington when necessary to support its water utility operations.  

Water conservation

Please continue to use water wisely indoors and outdoors by following these simple tips.

 

Inside conservation

  • Run only a fully loaded dishwasher or washing machine.
  • When hand washing dishes, use one sink basin for washing and one for rinsing.
  • Keep drinking water cold by storing a pitcher of water in the refrigerator.
  • Repair leaky faucets. Replace worn washers, the common source of leaks.
  • On older toilets, fill a plastic bottle with water, seal the lid and drop it in your toilet tank to save approximately two gallons per flush.
  • Turn off the water while you brush your teeth with toothpaste. Turn it on again to rinse.
  • Don't stay in the shower longer than you need to. Turn off the water while you soap up.

Outside conservation

  • Follow the current lawn sprinkling restrictions.
  • Make sure you aren't watering the street or sidewalk.
  • Maintain a lawn height of two-and-one-half to three inches. This helps protect the roots from loss of moisture through evaporation.
  • Aerate clay soils at least once a year to help the soil retain moisture.
  • Mulch around plants, bushes and trees. This encourages healthy roots while maintaining root moisture.
  • Collect rainwater. Water your garden and houseplants with it.