Skip to main content

Minneapolis, other metro cities follow St. Paul with odd-even watering restrictions

Golden Valley and New Hope are among the others.
Pixabay - hose garden sprayer

Minneapolis, Golden Valley, and New Hope have followed St. Paul by implementing watering restrictions on city residents as the state continues to cope with serious drought.

St. Paul announced Tuesday afternoon that it would be imposing odd-even lawn watering restrictions (odd-numbered houses can water on odd-numbered days, even on even), with Minneapolis and Golden Valley following soon after.

Minneapolis says the odd-even restrictions will be in place "until further notice," as the city seeks to reduce the water it draws from the Mississippi River, the levels of which have drastically reduced amid the unusually dry past month.

"The city assures the public of its continued ability to provide sufficient quantities of high quality water for its residents and wholesale customers," the City of Minneapolis said.

Minneapolis says the use of sprinklers on lawns is not allowed AT ALL between noon and 6 p.m. – the hottest period of the day – but odd-numbered households can water outside of those hours on odd-numbered days (ie. July 21) and even numbered households on even-numbered days (ie. July 22).

Exceptions to the rule include that bushes and flowers may be watered with a hand-held hose, as well as vegetable gardens and new sod (within 2 weeks of being laid) provided it's not between noon and 6 p.m.

Trees may also be watered with a dripping hose, bucket, or tree watering bag.

Following Minneapolis with the same restrictions are the cities of Golden Valley and New Hope, both of which buy their water from the City of Minneapolis.

Another city that buys its water from Minneapolis, Crystal, has not yet implemented its own water restrictions.

Meanwhile the City of Hastings has imposed a ban on watering between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., which goes into effect Wednesday.

The latest forecast from Novak Weather

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 9.56.21 AM

North High principal Mauri Friestleben returning to finish year

The principal said Friday she had been fired from her role over her support of a student protest.


One dead, two injured in wrong-way crash on Hwy. 169

The crash occurred on Highway 169 early Sunday morning.

minneapolis police

Man fatally shot overnight in north Minneapolis

The shooting was reported around 2:20 a.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.30.08 AM

Campsites closed at Voyageurs National Park due to 'historic' water levels

All backcountry trails and campsites are closed, as well as many frontcountry sites.

state capitol Minnesota

Lawmakers reach agreement on tax cuts ahead of session's end

Lawmakers announced they had reached a deal on a tax bill Saturday ahead of the looming session deadline.


Victims of daytime drive-by shooting in Robbinsdale identified

The two men died after a hail of bullets struck a vehicle.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.14.37 AM

Source of 'loud explosion' in Brooklyn Park a mystery

The noise was investigated by police, but no source could be determined.

covid, vaccine, booster shots

COVID: All Americans over 50 advised to get a second booster

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise again as new COVID variants emerge.

J.W. Peck (left) and Eric Galler.

2 Minnesotans inducted into White Castle's Hall of Fame

White Castle — it's what a man in Minneapolis and another in Woodbury, crave.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 5.46.37 PM

Video shows officers ended pursuit before fatal crash in Anoka

The crash occurred when the driver fled police during an attempted traffic stop in Coon Rapids.

Eli Hart

6-year-old Eli Hart identified as boy found dead in car trunk

The kindergartner's father was trying to get full custody of his son.


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.


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.

sprinkler water

Minneapolis' watering restrictions aren't ending anytime soon

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


Cities that have watering restrictions amid ongoing drought

Many cities have implemented odd-even watering days.

Screen Shot 2020-11-22 at 8.50.10 AM

St. Paul Farmers' Market cancels winter markets in Bachman's stores

Farmers' Markets have been allowed to continue during the governor's four-week shutdown.

plow, snow

Minneapolis, St. Paul both declare snow emergencies

Parking restrictions will be in place the next two days.