Plymouth Reminds Residents of Outdoor Watering Restrictions
Meteorologists say that without significant rain anytime soon, Minnesota’s drought conditions will likely worsen. According to the Minnesota DNR, parts of Hennepin County are in either a severe or moderate drought.
As a result, brown, dried-out lawns are commonplace, leading to more water usage.
The city of Plymouth wants to remind residents of outdoor watering restrictions.
Plymouth has an odd-even watering policy, with no watering from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
“So, what that helps with is allowing our water towers to refill so we have enough storage capacity to make sure we’re treating the whole city,” said Plymouth Public Works Director Michael Thompson.
The athletic fields in Plymouth are not being mowed as often because the grass isn’t growing as much. However, crews are spending more time watering fields. Baseball and softball fields need a little more water for safety during dry conditions, so the playing surface doesn’t get too hard.
“If the surface is too hard, it’s a safety issue for the kids or athletes who are playing. So, those are continuing to be watered,” explains Thompson.
Plymouth also has a water efficiency rebate program, where businesses and homeowners can receive rebates for improvement projects.
This is the second season the city has experienced excessive dry weather conditions.