Some Minnesota cities enact watering bans amid ‘abnormally dry’ conditions

2022-06-24 15:04:03 –

The combination of June heat and lack of rainfall has pushed metropolitan areas and some counties in central Minnesota into the “abnormally dry” category, the US drought monitor reported Thursday.

And it urged some cities to enact watering restrictions.

Minneapolis imposed a watering ban on Thursday from noon to 6 pm daily to reduce demand on the Mississippi River, the main source of the Mississippi River. The city has also established an even watering schedule. This means that properties ending in an even address can be watered by noon or after 6 pm on even days of the month. Real estate owners can water on odd days of the month.

Jody Warin of the St. Paul’s Regional Water Authority said St. Paul had not enacted such a ban as of Friday. But “We encourage people to save. Use as much as you need.”

In Plymouth, where water usage has “significantly increased” recently, lawn watering is restricted daily from noon to 5 pm, requiring customers to follow an odd-even schedule. Cities such as New Hope, Crystal, Maple Grove and Golden Valley have similar restrictions. Robinsdale restricts watering the lawn daily from 11am to 6pm, with the exception of new cut grass and vegetation.

The Twin Cities rained only 0.8 inches in June, which is more than two. 1⁄ ⁄2 According to the Minnesota Climatology Department, it’s an inch lower than usual for the month. Even in metropolitan areas, temperatures exceeded 90 degrees Celsius for five days, including a maximum of 101 degrees Celsius on Monday.

Outside the metro, Kandiyohi, Meeker, McLeod, Renville, Stearns, all or part of Wright in central Minnesota, and Faribo, Freeborn, and Martin County in southern Minnesota are considered unusually dry. , Said the drought monitor.

Under these conditions, drought monitors say that soil moisture is low, pastures and crops begin to show signs of stress, the risk of fire increases, and lake and river water levels drop.

According to the National Weather Service, precipitation can be seen on Friday nights and Saturdays in dry areas. According to the Meteorological Bureau, it will rain 0.5 to 1 inch in metropolitan areas, and another rain may occur on Tuesday.

According to the Meteorological Bureau, temperatures will drop on Sunday in the mid-1970s and return to the 1980s in the first half of next week.

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