To ensure an adequate water supply in the hot summer months, the City of Burnsville has an odd-even lawn and garden watering policy in place effective April 1 through Sept. 30. There are several reasons the City has taken this step:
- The City is committed to being a good steward of our natural resources, and these water-use practices will result in more efficient use of the area's limited groundwater resources.
- By reducing the amount of water used by the City through water conservation, the City can save on the cost of drilling new wells to meet demand. This would be a significant savings and in the long run help keep the City's water fees down.
MIDDAY WATERING BAN:
No lawn or garden sprinkling or other irrigation can take place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on any day. NO EXCEPTIONS
Homes with even-numbered addresses may water their lawns before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m. on even-numbered calendar dates.
Homes with odd-numbered addresses may water their lawns before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m. on odd-numbered calendar dates.
For example, the family living at 12600 Nicollet Ave. can water their lawn on July 2, 4, 6, and so on. The family living on 13713 Frontier Court can water on July 3, 5, 7, etc. If there are 31 days in a month, both even and odd addresses can water on the 31st.
In the case of multi-family residences or businesses with multiple addresses - or where a structure does not have an apparent address - the site should water on odd numbered days.
For properties with automatic irrigation systems that cannot water their whole site during a single day, the system should be set to water approximately half of the site each day, but not water any specific area more frequently than once every other day. Residents and businesses with this situation should notify the City annually and receive approval prior to implementing this watering system.
Residents with newly seeded lawns or new sod and landscaping are exempt from these restrictions, but should contact the City's Public Works Department at 952-895-4550 to be placed on a 20-day exemption list.
Items that require daily watering such as golf greens and tees and certain athletic fields with special soil conditions are also exempt, but must still adhere to the midday watering ban.
Hand-watering of flower pots/baskets and vegetable gardens is also permitted at any time.
The City's hope is to gain compliance with these water conservation restrictions through education; however, repeated non-compliance can result in fees being issued. The following fees for non-compliance will be assessed and included in the property owner's water bill:
- First case of non-compliance within a calendar year the property owner shall be given a warning,
- Second a $25 fee,
- Third a $50 fee,
- Fourth a $100 fee,
- Fifth and beyond a $250 fee.
A door hanger notice and a letter follow-up will be provided to property owners to notify them for each documented incident of non-compliance.
These restrictions should not result in lower quality lawns in the community. Lawns do not need to be watered daily. In reality, watering them daily can be harmful, as the grass plants develop very shallow root systems - making them less drought tolerant, in need of more frequent watering accessible to fewer soil nutrients. By watering less frequently and more deeply, grass plants develop deeper roots, require less frequent watering and are healthier.
Midday watering results in a lot of water being lost to evaporation, so it is not an efficient time of day to water. This watering practice wastes a lot of water.
If you have any about these restrictions, please call the Burnsville Public Works Department at 952-895-4550.