News Flash


Posted on: July 20, 2021


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) announced that the State is entering the Drought Warning Phase of the Statewide Drought Plan because more than 50% of Minnesota is now in a severe drought. The DNR reports that it will take three to five inches of precipitation over a two-week period to significantly alleviate the drought. The City of Waite Park, along with all other public water supplies in the State, are partnering with and will receive guidance from the MNDNR throughout the remainder of this drought. 

The City of Waite Park thanks those that have already put forth water conservation efforts before and during the drought period. Due to current conditions, more efforts are needed to protect our water resources.

Effective July 21, 2021, the City of Waite Park is implementing a TOTAL WATERING BAN to reduce demands and preserve the City's drinking water supply until the DNR removes the drought warning, or until the City Council revises the ban. If the drought conditions worsen, the City will be required to implement additional water reduction measures to comply with the DNR's Statewide Drought Plan.

The City has turned off all City irrigation with the exception of the Rivers Edge Ballfields (inside the fence), on The Ledge berm, and the flower beds and planters.

The Splash Pad, which has a recycled water system, will have reduced hours of 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM. 

Residents are allowed to water their flower and vegetable gardens, shrubs, and potted plants.

It is important to conserve water inside and outside of your property

Outside Water Conservation Tips:

  • Mulch your trees and plants - Mulch prevents water evaporation and  weed growth.
  • Leave grass clippings in place - grass clippings provide shade for the soil.
  • Let the grass grow longer to prevent premature dying - let grass stay longer than normal.
  • Check for leaks - Leaks in hoses, pipes, couplings, or sprinklers wastes water.
  • Invest in a rain barrel - water collected in these barrels can be used for watering  gardens and, if needed, lawns.

 Inside Water Conservation Tips:

  • Fix running toilets.
  • Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • Take a shower instead of a bath. Low Flow showerheads save more water.
  • Only run full loads of laundry and use correct water level settings.
  • Only run the dishwasher when full.
  • Use water-efficient appliances (look for the WaterSense label).

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