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Minnesota Pollution Control Activity shares the importance of air quality

Terry Davis

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Drought Action Plan has placed the city on a drought warning, forcing the City of Minneapolis to implement even-odd water sprinkling limitations until further notice starting tomorrow, July 21.

For nearly 150 years, the Mississippi River has provided drinking water to Minneapolis. However, during the continuing drought, the City has implemented sprinkling limitations to help reduce consumption on the Mississippi River. Similar procedures are in place in other major cities.

The City assures the public that it will continue to be able to supply enough high-quality water for its citizens and wholesale clients.

It is not permitted to sprinkle lawns between the hours of noon and 6 p.m. on any particular day. On calendar days that even number, the even side of the street may sprinkle lawns outside of the noon to 6 p.m. time window. On calendar days that are odd numbers, the odd side of the street can sprinkle lawns. For example, 1247 Maple St. or 2561 18th Ave can sprinkle their lawns on examples July 27.

However, bushes and flowers can still be watered as needed with a hand-held hose. Vegetable gardens and new sod, during the first two weeks of installation, can be watered on any day, but not between noon and 6 p.m. As needed, water trees using a dripping hose, bucket, or tree watering bag.

To avoid evaporation, drink water during the coolest portion of the day. Water the grass only when it is dry normal grass just needs an inch of water per week. Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. Take shorter showers using low-flow showerheads instead of baths.

While shaving or brushing your teeth, turn off the faucet. Dishes should be loaded into the dishwasher without being rinsed. Only run the dishwasher until it's completely full. Instead of letting the water run, fill the sink with water and wash the dishes by hand. Instead of letting the water run, rinse the vegetables in a large pan. Laundry should only be washed in full loads.

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