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Discussion: Water Conservation

Water sources vary from ground and surface water, and can be supplied by the City or from private wells for drinking, cleaning, sanitation, irrigation and more. In the Twin Cities metro area, approximately 20 percent of all treated drinking water is used outdoors, with a majority of this being used on lawns and landscapes. According to a University of Minnesota Extension and Metropolitan Council study, water use in the summer months is nearly three times greater than water use in the winter.

The City has an odd-even sprinkling ordinance to conserve water. Homes with even-numbered addresses may water their lawns before 11 a.m. or after 5 p.m. on even-numbered dates of the week. Homes with odd-numbered addresses may water before 11 a.m. or after 5 p.m. on odd-numbered dates.

What challenges do you face when trying to conserve water?

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Michael Bowers 4 months ago

I get frustrated with odd/even watering scheme in that it actually encourages me to water my yard more often than not. If my lawn is looking dry but there is rain in the forecast, but the next day is NOT my watering day, I might choose to water my lawn anyway. Rather than a 1950's technology of odd/even, why not give each resident 30 watering days? They can log into a website and declare their day. Maybe they choose to pre-register every other day because that works. For people like me I can opt to use them on the fly as I see fit. I turn on my sprinkler, push a button on my smart phone, debit my watering account 1 day, done. No fear of fines and I can meter my water use more economically due to prevailing weather conditions.

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Ross Bintner, Engineer 3 months ago

I've been working to reduce my household use by installing low flow showerheads, sink aerators, and toilet retrofit kits. While all the tech fixes have worked to some extent, my household water use is still trending higher. The challenge I face is getting my two children (ages 7 and 9) to think about how they use water and adopt habits that conserve water. It's especially tough since they seem to have so much fun playing with water outside and singing in the shower.

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Neil Johnson 3 months ago

Has anyone tried longrooted grass such as Pearl's grass seed? Longrooted grass is 12"-14" deep compared to regular grass which is 3-4" deep. This makes it more drought tolerant and grows slower (need to only mow once a month!). I have used it and appears to be very resistant to drought, traffic and dog urine. We are going to not use our sprinkler system at all this year and see what survives of our old grass and if it dies convert fully over to Pearl's grass seed. I think the city of Edina should inform citizens about all the different kinds of longrooted grass because many of us still desire lawns.

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