Skip to main content

Minneapolis residents could face water restrictions if severe drought continues

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

The City of Minneapolis is warning residents that water restrictions could be put in place if the severe drought gripping the state continues to worsen.

The city, though it is not taking any action at this point, said Friday afternoon people and businesses should "use water wisely" amid this extremely dry stretch. The door was kept open for the city to implement water restrictions down the line.

"If the drought gets worse and flows in the river reach the drought warning stage, the City will implement measures to reduce water consumption, including odd/even sprinkling restrictions," the city wrote.

Related: Drought update: Bad news for Minnesota as another heat wave looms

More than half of the state is experiencing "severe" drought, though much of Hennepin County — including Minneapolis — is in the not-quite-as-bad "moderate" drought stage.

Still, there is no near-term end in sight to the withering conditions. No widespread rainfall is expected into next week, and temperatures will climb into the upper-80s and low-90s.

The City of Minneapolis, which pulls an estimated 21 billion gallons of water from the Mississippi River annually, provided a list of water conservation people should keep in mind:

  1. Water the lawn when it's coolest, to avoid evaporation
  2. Only water a lawn when it needs it — they typically only need 1 inch every week
  3. Use low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators
  4. Avoid baths — and take shorter showers
  5. Don't let the water run while shaving or brushing your teeth
  6. Don't rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, and run the dishwasher only when full
  7. If washing dishes by hand, fill the sink with water rather than letting the faucet run
  8. Clean vegetables the same way, using a large pan
  9. When doing laundry, only wash full loads

A number of communities around the Twin Cities have enacted various water restrictions in recent months, including Minnetrista, Eden Prairie, Edina, Carver, Dayton, Plymouth, Lino Lakes, Woodbury and more.

Follow Bring Me The News on Facebook

Next Up

Adam Hunter Pattishall.

Fleeing suspect charged in crash that left husband dead, wife critical

Daniel Joseph Fisher, 57, died from multiple blunt force injuries in a crash Sunday. His wife, Cathleen, is in critical condition as of Tuesday.

storm, severe weather

Threat of severe weather returns to Minnesota for 2 days

Isolated severe storms Wednesday, followed by scattered severe storms Thursday.

ambulance

1 dead, 2 injured in crash at intersection in Ramsey

The crash happened at the intersection of Bunker Lake Blvd. and Sunfish Lake Blvd.

Tettegouche State Park bridge

Trails reopen as waters subside, but bridges damaged at Tettegouche State Park

Water levels on the river have dropped about six to eight feet since Friday.

Keith Harvell

Body pulled from Mississippi River ID'd as missing Elk River man

Keith Harvell had been missing since early last month.

900 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - July 2021

2 victims identified in double-fatal north Minneapolis shooting

A 21-year-old man and a 51-year-old man were identified as the people who died at the scene this past weekend.

Proctor football

Former Proctor HS football player pleads guilty to sexual assault of teammate

The case will also remain in juvenile court, with conditions.

Doug Wardlow

Doug Wardlow reneges on promise, will challenge GOP's AG candidate in primary

Wardlow's announcement sparked swift criticism from the MN GOP and the party-endorsed candidate, Jim Schultz.

Flickr - welcome to minnesota sign - Tony Webster

US News '150 Best Places to Live' features 1 from MN, 3 from WI

The latest US News list is for the most populous metro areas only, so no small towns.

tornado

7 tornadoes touched down last week in western MN, ND

Two of the seven were EF-2 level tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, May 17

72 hours of case data reported over the weekend is included in Tuesday updates.

Related

sprinkler water

Minneapolis' watering restrictions aren't ending anytime soon

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

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

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.