Skip to main content

11 metro cities, including St. Paul, now under new watering restrictions

Multiple violations will result in fines.

Residents of 11 cities in the east Twin Cities metro are now under new watering restrictions due to the ongoing drought.

St. Paul Regional Water Services announced the updated rules Tuesday, which include odd/even watering days and strict watering times. And those who repeatedly violate these new restrictions will face a fine. The service had previously just been asking customers to limit their outdoor water usage.

All St. Paul Regional Water Services customers are affected. That includes everyone in these cities:

  • St. Paul
  • Arden Hills
  • Falcon Heights
  • Lauderdale
  • Lilydale
  • Little Canada
  • Maplewood
  • Mendota
  • Mendota Heights
  • Roseville
  • West St. Paul

What do the restrictions entail?

These customers must follow an odd/even watering schedule — so those with an odd-numbered address on odd-numbered days, and the same for evens. In addition, outdoor watering cannot happen between noon and 6 p.m. It must take place outside that window.

Related: Here's what the drought means for fall colors in Minnesota this year

You can find water-saving tips and tricks here.

Enforcement will start Aug. 20, with the first two violations netting an educational notice and a warning, respectively. After that, it's a $50 fine for a third violation, $100 for a fourth, and $150 plus a water shut-off for each violation from then on.

That's it for now, and there are exceptions, including commercial uses such as for nurseries or community gardens; new sod that requires daily watering (though water services is urging people to hold off on planting new sod or seeds until conditions improve); and trees can be watered with a dropping hose, bucket or bag as needed.

Minnesota has been in a drought warning phase since July 16, with little improvement. A portion of the state recently fell into the "exceptional drought" category for the first time since readings began in 1999.

Related: Drought, low water levels force closure of Lake Minnetonka Swim Pond

St. Paul Regional Water Services' new restrictions were triggered by water flow levels on the Mississippi River. Flow readings near Anoka have been at or below 1,500 cubic feet per second for five consecutive days now. Friday morning, discharge hovered around 1,00 cubic feet per second, according to data.

Next Up


Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner

"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.

Minneapolis police

Man found yelling for help after being shot in Minneapolis

The shooting occurred on the 800 block of Elwood Avenue North at around 9:15 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 9.56.21 AM

Minneapolis North principal says she was fired, district says otherwise

“MPS requires schools to follow protocols in times like that and I did not,” Friestleben said.

Kris Richard Severin

Inmate who escaped Minnesota prison is captured

The inmate escaped Wednesday morning.

Brave New Comedy Workshop in downtown Minneapolis.

Brave New Workshop cancels shows due to COVID-19 cases

The shows were scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre.

Austin Retterath

Body of missing U of M student found in Mississippi River

Austin Retterath was last seen alive in the morning hours of May 8.

"Love" mural seen in St. Paul.

Summer mural events to bring together community, shine light on MN artists

The 2022 Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival will take place this weekend in St. Paul's Creative Enterprise Zone, with ensuing events happening this summer.


Gallery: Remodeled lakeside home in Prior Lake on market for $2.8M

It offers privacy at the end of a dead-end road fronting onto Lower Prior Lake.

golden valley police department

Carjacking outside ice arena in Golden Valley under investigation

Golden Valley PD confirmed it received a report of a carjacking Monday evening.


Signs that MN Legislature could move to loosen liquor laws

A provision was approved by a legislature committee on Thursday but still awaits a final decision from the House and Senate.

US Bank Stadium

U.S. Bank Stadium looking to hire 400 part-time workers

A hiring fair will be held for the positions.


YouTube - Minnesota DNR - watering tree

Tips for watering trees during severe drought, sprinkler restrictions

How can you keep your valued trees healthy? Just follow these simple steps.

sprinkler water

Minneapolis' watering restrictions aren't ending anytime soon

The rules have been in place for more than a month now.

Pixabay - water hands stream CROP

Minneapolis residents could face water restrictions if drought continues

The city is asking people and businesses to be mindful of their water use in the meantime.


Cities that have watering restrictions amid ongoing drought

Many cities have implemented odd-even watering days.

Pixabay - dry grass flower heat

St. Paul asks residents to conserve water amid drought

Officials want people to limit outdoor watering.

Flickr - boat lake ramp

Low water levels: Is it already time to take the boat off the water?

The DNR is urging Minnesotans to consider it in some situations.