Watering restrictions + creating sustainable turf and water supply

During the summer months water use increases for lawn sprinkling. Homeowner water use in July can be six (6) times greater than January. Sudden increased water demand (especially during a dry summer) can exceed a public water system’s capacity causing the water tower to go dry. Odd-even watering bans keep residents from draining the water tower faster than the city can replace with water from its wells.

Natural water resources are like the capacity of a public water supply system. If ground water withdrawal exceeds natural replenishment (rain and snow) – lake levels could drop and creeks and wetlands may go dry. As communities grow in Anoka County so does the demand for water. The trick is to use water wisely so that our combined water demand doesn’t affect local water supply. The best way to conserve our water resources is not to waste it with unnecessary irrigation.

SMART IRRIGATION PRESENTATION The Anoka County Water Task Force is offering a Smart Irrigation presentation at Bunker Hills Activity Center in Andover (July 16, 2015 at 6 p.m.) free for Anoka County residents, property managers and grounds keepers. Attendees will hear from a turf-grass expert and irrigation professionals how to efficiently use water and irrigation systems to maintain sustainable lawns and plants.

Lawn Watering Tips (from Don Taylor, University of Minnesota Extension Service Horticulturist): (1) Consider whether lawn irrigation is necessary in your situation; (2) Lawn irrigation would normally be minimal in spring until June; (3) Add 1 to 1-1/2 inches of water per week (minus any rainfall) during the summer months; (4) Keep the intervals between irrigations as long as possible; and (5) Water in early morning hours for greatest efficiency.

Residents and businesses throughout Anoka County should take note of city watering restrictions:

Contact your water utility for more information about water conservation, leak detection and water fixtures that conserve water.

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