MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE
Due to current drought conditions and flow levels for the Mississippi River, the City of Roseville is required to implement watering restrictions per our contract with the Saint Paul Regional Water Services (SPRWS).
As of Tuesday, August 17th, the following mandatory outdoor watering restrictions are in effect:
PROPERTIES WITH ODD ADDRESSES: WATER OUTDOOR AREAS ONLY ON ODD NUMBERED CALENDAR DAYS
PROPERTIES WITH EVEN ADDRESSES: WATER OUTDOOR AREAS ONLY ON EVEN NUMBERED CALENDAR DAYS
ALL PROPERTIES: NO WATERING BETWEEN 12 PM and 6 PM ON ANY DAY
These restrictions are specific to in ground irrigation systems and portable/placed sprinklers. If you are using a hand-held hose to water an area you are exempt from this restriction, although in the interest of the intent of drastically reducing daily water usage, we would ask that you also follow the schedule for those activities unless absolutely necessary.
Observed violations will be given a warning, usually a door hanger as well as a mailed notice, informing the water customers that a violation has been observed and that subsequent violations will be subject to a fine. If violations do occur after receiving a warning, a fine of $100 may be levied on the customer’s water bill. If violations continue, the City has the authority to suspend water service the customer.
If you have questions about how to manage this for a townhome or home owner’s association, for a large business with multiple addresses or concerns about certain vegetation, please call the City Public Works Department at 651-792-7004 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org..
WHY IS THIS NECESSARY?
The State of Minnesota, and this region in particular, is in a state of severe to extreme drought. The Mississippi River in particular, is in an “extreme drought” condition based on water flow. In Brooklyn Park, near where SPRWS draws water for distribution to its customers (including Roseville), the flow of the river has dropped from an average of 6380 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 1010 cfs. SPRWS shared the following information with us about drought phases in relation to river flow:
Drought Warning Phase (severe drought)- July 20th
- 5 consecutive days at or below 2,000 cfs
- Implement water use restrictions to reach 50% above January water use levels
- SPRWS implemented voluntary watering restrictions
Restrictive Phase (extreme drought) – August 17th
- 5 consecutive days at or below 1,500 cfs
- Implement water use restrictions to reach 25% above January water use levels
Emergency Phase (exceptional drought)
- 5 consecutive days at or below 1,000 cfs
- Mandatory reductions to reach January levels
If the river flow continues to go down and remain low, additional restrictions will be implemented by SPRWS, and Roseville will be required to adopt those additional restrictions.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT HWY 610 IN BROOKLYN PARK, MN
SPRWS will be monitoring the “25% above January water use levels” for their system as a whole. For Roseville, our average January water usage was just over 3.68 million gallons per day. To reach the 25% above January water use target, we need to reduce our daily water usage to just about 4.6 million gallons per day. Currently, even after requesting voluntary water restrictions, the City is currently pumping nearly 8 million gallons per day (see chart below).
The City is asking its residents, businesses and organizations to take significant and immediate steps to reduce the amount of water you use for discretionary uses, particularly maintaining vegetation. Below are some water conservation tips for all water uses.
Do you know how much water a family of four uses every day in the United States? Not 50 gallons, not 100 gallons, but 400 gallons! You could take up ten baths with that much water - but who would want to do that?
The City of Roseville is a partner (PDF) with the EPA in the EPA WaterSense. The WaterSense Program seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices. Products carrying the WaterSense label perform well and help save money.
In our partnership the city helps promote water conservation through water rate structures where higher users pay a higher usage fee.
Ways to Conserve Water
There are many ways to save water. Here are the top 5 ways to conserve water according to the Water Saver Home website.
- Find and fix leaks
- Replace your old toilet, the largest water user in your house
- Replace your washer, the second largest water user in you house
- Water saving landscape design, such as rain gardens
- Water plants only when they're thirsty
Water & Your HealthFor information about what is in your water, Roseville’s Annual Water Quality Report includes detailed information for consumers.
H20 the Original Health Drink
A human can last longer without food than without water. By drinking a healthy amount of water, at least 8 eight-ounce glasses of water a day:
- Helps digest your food and keep hunger at bay. Drinking just one glass of water can alleviate hunger pangs.
- Helps replace fluids lost through breathing and perspiration.
- Removes toxins in your body and improves the health of your skin.
- Increases productivity by improving concentration.
- Aids in weight loss through increasing metabolism.
Everyone has different water needs depending on body type and size. To determine how much water you should drink to achieve the most health benefits, check out what the Mayo Clinic recommends.
Water Saving Fun for Kids
Water saving can be fun! Play the “Test Your WaterSense” game.
Water Conservation at Home
Children can help with water conservation too. Check out the water conservation page for more information.