St. Paul asks residents to conserve water amid drought

Officials want people to limit outdoor watering.
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As the drought in Minnesota persists, the City of St. Paul on Tuesday started encouraging people to conserve their water usage. 

St. Paul Regional Water Services (SPRWS) customers are asked to limit outdoor watering to cooler times of the day, so before noon and after 6 p.m., to minimize evaporation.

It's also asking for people at odd-numbered addresses to only water outdoors on odd-numbered days and for people at even-numbered addresses to limit watering to even-numbered days (though that means odd-numbered households can water two-days in a row on July 31/Aug. 1, which seems unfair).

"St. Paul Regional Water Services has provided reliable, high-quality water for our community for nearly 100 years," SPRWS General Manager Patrick Shea said in a news release on Tuesday. "While we do not anticipate any service issues, these measures will support our water customers as we continue to monitor drought conditions in our community."

Related: 10 photos that show how bad the drought is in Minnesota

Exceptions to these conservation measures included watering new sod or seed and commercial uses of outdoor water, like nurseries or community gardens. 

Related: How much rain does Minnesota need to end the drought? 

SPRWS has additional water conservation tips that include: 

  • Water grass only when needed — most lawns only need an inch of water a week. And brown grass doesn't mean your grass is dead, it's dormant (learn more about this from the Minnesota DNR here). 
  • Adjust your lawnmower to a height of 1.5-2 inches because taller grass helps shade roots and holds moisture better. 
  • Leave your lawn clippings on your grass. This cools the ground and helps hold in moisture. 
  • Take shorter showers and use low-flow showerheads instead of baths. 
  • Turn the faucet off while you brush your teeth. 
  • Fill the sink to wash dishes instead of letting the water run while you wash dishes. 
  • Only run your dishwasher and washing machine when they're full. 

Related [July 16]: Minneapolis residents could face water restrictions if severe drought continues

You can find additional water conservation tips here

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