Hot Topics - Be Water-Wise: Reduce Water Waste & Save Money on your Water Bill! 

​June 2017

The City of Waconia has implemented water conservation measures in Section 410 of the City Code. This is to help protect our water resources and comply with DNR Water Appropriation Permit limits. Following these restrictions, as well as implementing the tips below, can help save water and save you money! 

​City Conservation Ordinances:

  • Odd-Even Watering Day Restrictions:

    Residents and businesses with addresses ending in an odd number may water on odd-numbered calendar days. Those with even-numbered addresses may water on even-numbered calendar days. Odd-even watering will assist in maintaining appropriate water reserve levels and puts less "peak" demand on the water supply system. 
  • Time of Day Restrictions:

     Watering is not permitted between the hours of 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM. This method limits water usage during dry periods and assists in maintaining appropriate water supply levels. Ideal watering is during the allowed hours to avoid evaporation. 
  • Summer Maximum Outdoor Usage:

    The City of Waconia allows the maximum outdoor usage of 30,000 gallons/month during the summer months. Usage outside of this restriction will be charged a higher 4th tier rate. 

​More Tips for Keeping Your Yard Green While Saving Some Green!

  • 1 inch

    of water per week is usually sufficient to keep your grass lush, depending on the soil type. On clay soil, 1 inch may be too much! 
  • Watering

    twice a week

    is usually better than every other day, as it encourages deeper roots. 
  • Put

    measuring cups

    in various places around your lawn and run the sprinklers for 15 minutes. This will give you an idea of how much water the grass is getting and where. 
  • The greatest waste of water comes from applying too much, too often. Much of it runs off and is never absorbed. Instead of watering for one long, continuous session, try

    splitting the watering time into shorter periods. 

  • There are many different types of

    irrigation systems. Get to know yours

    and check its settings

    . Is there a rain sensor or a turf moisture sensor? Does it have pop-up or rotary style head? Automatic timers might be convenient, but can increase water waste if set improperly. 
  • Inspect your system frequently

    to make sure everything is working properly. A clogged head or torn line can wreak havoc on your water bill!
  • Different plants have different watering needs.

    Dividing the system by zones

    can help you customize the watering needs for the different areas of your landscaping.
  • Using

    native plants

    that require less water and are adapted to our climate can reduce outdoor water use by 20 to 50 percent! 
  • Make sure your

    system is set up

    to account for your soil type, hills and slopes, landscaping, sun exposure, and unique yard shapes. 
  • Cut your grass longer!

    Set your lawn mower to cut 3 inches or higher. Longer grass requires less water and tolerates heat better. This also helps in weed prevention. 
  • To get an idea of how much water is used when you irrigate,

    look at the read on your water meter before and after the irrigation cycle

    and compare the reads to see the amount of gallons used. Do this before and after you make any adjustments and see the impact your changes made! For help on how to read your water meter, visit and click on Utility Billing. 

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