As drought conditions intensify, City reminds residents, businesses to use water wisely

July 16, 2021

In response to the ongoing drought conditions, the City of Minneapolis reminds residents to practice responsible water conservation efforts. The city is in a drought watch as defined by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Drought Action Plan.

The Mississippi River has reliably provided the City of Minneapolis with drinking water for over 150 years. The City assures the public of its continued ability to produce sufficient quantities of high quality water for its residents and wholesale customers.

As of today, Minneapolis is not putting sprinkling restrictions in place. 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.

Water conservation tips

  • Water during the coolest part of the day to avoid evaporation.
  • Water grass only when it needs it. Most lawns only need an inch of water a week.
  • Install low flow shower heads and faucet aerators.
  • Take shorter showers using low flow showerheads instead of baths.
  • Turn the faucet off while you shave or brush your teeth.
  • Load dishes into the dishwasher without rinsing them.
  • Run the dishwasher only when it's fully loaded.
  • Fill the sink to wash dishes by hand instead of letting the water run.
  • Use a large pan to clean vegetables rather than letting the water run.
  • Only wash full loads of laundry.

Learn more about the City’s Water Treatment & Distribution Services.