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Moorhead Public Service Implements Stage 2 Mandatory Watering Restrictions
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For Immediate Release on Monday, August 23, 2021

 

Moorhead Public Service Implements Stage 2 Mandatory
Watering Restrictions

**CLARIFICATION Tuesday, August 24, 2021**

To clarify the timeframe for non-essential watering restrictions, Stage 2 watering restrictions limit all outdoor non-essential use to one (1) day per week. The day will be based upon your scheduled garbage collection day, and the timeframe for activities such as watering lawns on that day is between 12:00 AM to 8:00 AM, and 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM. For example, your scheduled garbage day is on Tuesday; you can water your lawn in the morning between 12:00 AM and 8:00 AM, or in the evening between 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM. We apologize for the confusion.

 

 


 

 

Effective immediately, Moorhead Public Service (MPS) is implementing Stage 2 mandatory water use restrictions for residents of both Moorhead and Dilworth. Due to Minnesota’s continued and widespread drought conditions, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has implemented the next provision in the Minnesota Statewide Drought Plan, indicating Minnesota is now in a Drought Restriction Phase.

 

A Drought Restriction Phase means each Minnesota public water supplier must implement further water use restrictions in accordance with their Water Supply Plan. MPS is implementing Stage 2 mandatory watering restrictions in compliance with this designation.

 

MPS is implementing watering restrictions that limit all outdoor non-essential use to one (1) day per week, and only between the hours of 8:00 pm to 8:00 am. This includes all areas within Moorhead and Dilworth. One (1) day per week restrictions are based upon garbage pickup schedules. All residents in Moorhead have garbage pickup scheduled on one day per week; outdoor water use is limited to that day only. All residents within the city of Dilworth have a Tuesday garbage pickup schedule; outdoor water use is limited to that day only.

 

Watering during daylight hours, especially during high temperatures, causes most of the water to evaporate. Significant water use reduction is achievable by restricting non-essential outdoor water use, especially lawn irrigation, power washing buildings, washing cars, and filling swimming pools.

 

This Stage 2 Mandatory Watering Restrictions does not curtail or reduce water needs for commercial or industrial use for business purposes. This Mandate is designated for non-essential outdoor use such as lawn irrigation.

 

The following uses are exempt from the watering restrictions:

  • Hand watering of gardens and flowers
  • Hand watering of newly-planted trees and shrubs
  • Watering existing newly-sodded or seeded lawns laid prior to this restriction. (Note: It is recommended that any new sod or seed installation be delayed until the fall, or when drought conditions subside.)

Any person found violating the watering restrictions may be subject to fines in accordance with the Watering Restriction enforcement schedule below:

 

Penalties for Verified non compliance of water reduction measures

 

At this time, Moorhead and Dilworth have a sufficient supply of water to meet current demands. MPS’ Water Division staff is implementing these restrictions to comply with Minnesota DNR mandates and to ensure efficient use of our water resources. MPS will continue to provide updated information as needed.

 

For more information on Minnesota’s drought conditions, please visit:

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/drought/index.html

 

For more information on water conservation, please visit:

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/watermgmt_section/appropriations/water-conservation-residents.html

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Please contact the following individuals for more information regarding this press release:

Marc Pritchard, Water Plant Supervisor

Moorhead Public Service

Phone: 218.477.8072

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Travis Schmidt, General Manager

Moorhead Public Service

Phone: 218.477.8084

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