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.