Water Conservation Updates
The City of Victoria lifted the June 2021 Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban on June 21, 2021. Although the ban is lifted, the state is still experiencing drought conditions and water conservation efforts should still be practiced.
The City of Victoria has in-season water use restrictions that are in effect from May 1 to Sept. 30 each year to manage irrigation (ex., sprinklers or in-ground watering systems) use through the public water supply. The Public Works team continues to monitor and cite for violations of the in-season water usage restrictions.
In-Season Water Usage Restrictions in Victoria
- If a property address is an even number, irrigation can take place on even-numbered days.
- If a property address is an odd number, irrigation can take place on odd-numbered days.
- No irrigation can take place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on any day.
Recommendations on Irrigation in Victoria
To ensure that the City does not need to declare another Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban, it is recommended that property owners schedule their irrigation systems to start throughout the early hours of the day.
- If a property address is east of Victoria Drive, we recommend setting the irrigation system to start between midnight and 4 a.m. on designated days.
- If a property address is west of Victoria Drive, we recommend setting the irrigation system to start between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. on designated days.
June 2021 Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban Information: Excessive water use puts undue stress on the City’s water treatment plant, which was operating at maximum capacity during peak times during the unusually long heat wave and drought condition. This was due to the increased use of irrigation at peak times of the day and non-compliance of the in-season water use restrictions. This type of stress can affect the City’s ability to provide quality water and capacity to effectively address potential fire suppression needs. Limiting irrigation is the most efficient way to ensure the water system continues to run at peak performance.
More information on how the City plans for future water use and an overview of the City's water system is provided in a presentation from the City Engineer available in a recording of last week's Council Meeting.
Drought Conditions in Minnesota
UPDATE: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has determined that the state is now in a drought warning phase. Conserve water by reducing non-essential outdoor water use, especially lawn irrigation, power washing buildings, car washing and filling swimming pools. Other opportunities include fixing leaks, or installing water saving devices and water-efficient appliances.
From the Expert: Lawn Care & Watering
Laura Wood, owner of By The Woods Custom Landscaping and Victoria resident, shared several ways to care for your lawn during a drought and general maintenance reminders.
Measure Water Use
A grass lawn that has been established only needs about 1-1.5” of water a week during dry spells. Not sure how much water your lawn is getting? The Regional Water Providers Consortium has a quick and easy way for homeowners to measure a sprinkler or irrigation systems’ output. If rain gauges are not available, two empty tuna cans can be used in the process.
Water Conservation for Residents
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has several resources related to water conservation for both indoors and outdoors.
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