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.

How can the City encourage water conservation?

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Sharon G 17 days ago

By being a role model. There are so many grassy areas that the city mows. I know they don't water it, so it doesn't really pertain to water consumption directly, but the constant carpet of grass in public areas contributes to the concept of big lawns, which do consume water. The city should begin a "Ground Cover Initiative" that installs attractive, low-maintenance, low water-use ground covers instead of seeding/sodding in public areas.

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Judith Felker at May 18, 2017 at 4:22pm CDT

Cudos to you, Sharon! I second your motion!

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Michael Bowers 17 days ago

My water bill is often at or below the usage level that requires a minimum payment. Financially there is no incentive for me to reduce my water usage any further.

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Judith Felker at May 18, 2017 at 4:21pm CDT

Good for you, Michael! You obviously use a minimal amount of water, and I, for one, would be interested in knowing how you manage your use!

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Susan Tucker 16 days ago

Encourage the use of low water-use shower heads. As technology improves on compostable toilets, incorporate use in building codes.

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Judith Felker at May 18, 2017 at 4:37pm CDT

Fracking for natural gas takes a lot of water which is forever contaminated. I suggest our city states publicly that we won't allow fracking and will pressure our state and our country to outlaw this destructive mining practice. Raise the cost of water. I know this is unpopular, but it seems to me that people should pay whatever it costs to clean up rivers, lakes, and oceans. Paying the true cost of clean water would incentivize all of us to value clean water for its true worth.

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