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Posted: Monday, 29 April 2013 6:51AM

MDNR Issues Drought Conditions in Mankato--Conserve Water



MANKATO -April 29, 2013 - (TEC News) - The city of Mankato announced over the weekend that there will be water restrictions. This decision was made based on lower river levels and strained groundwater supplies, long-term sustainability and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently placing Mankato in a moderate drought status.

When to water
Watering is limited to every other day between 6 p.m. to 11 a.m. (avoid watering during the day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Know your watering days
  • odd-numbered street address may water on odd-numbered days (1, 3, 5, 7, 9);
  • even-numbered street addresses may water on even-numbered days (0, 2, 4, 6, 8);
  • multiple-unit complexes may water based on the lowest numbered complex address. For example, if the lowest number of the complex is 1, it is an odd-numbered watering day; if it is 2, it is an even-numbered watered day.
Exceptions
  • new landscaping, sod or seed within 30 days of being installed (with a city permit)*
  • gardens and flower beds (with a hand-held hose)
  • children’s water toys (must be attended)
  • washing vehicles
City permits for new landscaping, sod or seed are available by online or call 311, or 507-387-8600.*
Avoid a fee
Help us, help you. Conserve water and reduce water usage to benefit the environment and avoid the following fees:
First notice warning
Second notice $50
Third notice $100
Fourth notice disconnection of irrigation meter or outdoor spigots
The city of Mankato is committed to being a good steward of natural resources. Since Mankato’s water is a valuable resource it’s important to conserve water and reduce water usage. Doing so helps efficiently use the area’s groundwater resources and ensures an adequate water supply for residents, business, and other organizations.
Resourceful ways to save water
  • Stop leaks. Dripping faucets can waste about 2,000 gallons of water each year. Leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons a day. To check toilets for possible leaks place food coloring in toilet tank. Do not flush. There is a leak if color is seen in toilet bowl.
  • Replace toilets and clothes washers if they are not water efficient. A 1.6-gallon-per-flush toilet is water efficient. Generally, toilets purchased after 1992 meet this standard.When doing laundry, match water level to load size.
  • Turning off water while brushing teeth can save 25 gallons a month.
  • Set a kitchen timer when watering the lawn or garden as a reminder to stop. A running hose can discharge up to 10 gallons a minute.
  • Run dishwasher when full. It can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
  • Check drain hoses on automatic water softeners. There is a leak if water runs into the drain while softener is not regenerating.
  • Turning off water while shaving can save up to 300 gallons a month.
  • Shortening a shower by a minute or two will save up to 150 gallons per month.
  • By using a water-efficient showerhead, up to 750 gallons a month can be saved. They are generally inexpensive and easy to install.
For more information contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8600.

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