Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban - June 2021

Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban Effective June 10, 2021

On June 10, 2021 at 1 p.m., the City of Victoria declared an Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban effective immediately. The emergency watering ban will be in effect until further notice.  

The Mayor and City Council have determined that a shortage of water threatens the City's water supply system and firefighting capabilities. The shortage of water supply is due to the increased amount of irrigation taking place during the heat wave. The City’s water treatment plant is at maximum capacity during peak times of the day which is causing undue stress on the City’s water system. This stress may affect the City’s ability to provide quality water and capacity to effectively address potential fire suppression needs. 

During the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban, water may not be used from the City's water supply systems for lawn and garden sprinkling, irrigation, or car washing at any time. 

Twenty-four hours after the effective date of the watering ban, any water customer who shall cause or permit water to be used in violation of the ban shall be issued an administrative citation as soon as possible. 

More information about the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban is available at: 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time so we can meet the water needs of Victoria, Minn. The City of Victoria will update this page with more information as it become available. 

 



Questions & Answers Regarding the June 2021 Watering Ban in Victoria 

The City of Victoria has put together a Q&A list regarding the June 2021 Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban in Victoria, Minn.

What is the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban in Victoria, Minn.? 

The City has declared a total watering ban during which water may not be used from the City's water supply systems for lawn and garden sprinkling, irrigation, or car washing at any time. 

More information about the watering ban code is available in the City of Victoria’s Municipal Code Chapter 26; Section 26 to 30; Part (d). 

When did the Emergency Outdoor Watering ban go into effect? 

The Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban went into effect on June 10, 2021 at 1 p.m. Citations will be given for violations starting 24 hours after the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban goes into effect. 

How long will the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban be in effect? 

The Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban will be in effect until further notice. The City of Victoria hopes to lift the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban by Wednesday, June 23, 2021 pending weather conditions. 

Why did the City of Victoria declare an Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban? 

The Mayor and City Council have determined that a shortage of water threatens the City's water supply system and firefighting capabilities. The shortage of water supply is due to the increased amount of irrigation taking place during the heat wave. The City’s water treatment plant is at maximum capacity during peak times of the day which is causing undue stress on the City’s water system. This stress may affect the City’s ability to provide quality water and capacity to effectively address potential fire suppression needs. 

How has irrigation caused stress on the City’s water system? 

During the off season, the City of Victoria’s water treatment plant produces an average of 700,000 gallons of water a day for Victoria. On June 9, the plant produced an all-time high of 3.5 million gallons of water for Victoria — five times the normal amount produced during the off season. This increased amount caused by water use for irrigation causes stress on the water treatment plant to effectively treat and filter the City’s water during peak times of the day (usually between 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.). It also reduces reserves that the Victoria Fire Department uses to suppress fires, a reserve necessary during times of hot and dry weather that cause concerning fire conditions. 

What has the City of Victoria done to mitigate this issue? 

Over the past several days, the City of Victoria’s Public Works team worked tirelessly to monitor and make innovative modifications to the water system to ensure adequate water quality and supply for fire protection and essential use in Victoria so that the City could avoid an emergency outdoor watering ban. Unfortunately, with the increased use of water for irrigation within the city and violations of the in-season water use restrictions, the water system is at a point where a watering ban was deemed necessary. 

Is this an issue with the aquifer? 

No, the City of Victoria’s aquifer is not the cause of the water issues. The Public Works team has tested the aquifer with drawdown sensors and the tests have shown that the quantity of water is sufficient.  

What activities are not allowed during the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban? 

During the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban, water may not be used from the City's water supply systems for lawn and garden sprinkling, irrigation, or car washing at any time. 

What activities are not affected by the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban? 

Exceptions to the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban violations are available in the City of Victoria’s Municipal Code Chapter 26; Section 26 to 30; Part (e). 

Is watering plants or trees allowed during the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban?

Actively using a hose that is hand held by a person is allowed during the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban so property owners or residents can still water plants or trees manually if needed. The City of Victoria recommends doing this outside of peak times or in the evening.

Are private wells included in the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban? 

No, private wells are not included in the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban. This ban only affects properties that use City water. If a property owner that uses private well water receives a citation, it can be contested at City Hall with proof of private well.  The City encourages private well water users to limit their use of water for irrigation at this time as well. 

What happens if a property owner violates the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban? 

Twenty-four hours after the effective date of the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban, any water customer who shall cause or permit water to be used in violation of the ban shall be issued an administrative citation as soon as possible. Each day of violation shall constitute a separate violation of the ban. 

  • First Violation = Warning 
  • Second Violation = $75 Fine 
  • Third Violation = $250 Fine 

More information about violations and administrative citations are available in the City of Victoria’s Municipal Code Chapter 26; Section 26-25; Part (f). 

How do I report a violation of the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban? 

Violations can be submitted to the City of Victoria’s reporting system at www.ci.victoria.mn.us/waterviolations. 

Are golf courses able to irrigate during the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban? 

If a golf course has a private well, then it is not required to stop irrigation in accordance with the emergency water ban. The Deer Run Golf Club uses private wells to irrigate their course. 

Will the City be limiting irrigation on City-owned properties and the public right-of-way during the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban? 

Yes, the City of Victoria will be limiting irrigation on City-owned properties and the public right-of-way where possible.  

What other cities in the area have instituted an emergency outdoor watering ban? 

As of June 10, 2021, Carver and Minnetrista have declared emergency outdoor watering bans. 

What are other cities in Minnesota doing to conserve water?

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has asked City water suppliers to review Water Supply Plan sections on Emergency Preparedness Procedures, Water Conservation, and specifically the Triggers of Allocation and Demand Reduction Actions. This is due to the abnormally dry conditions to moderate drought conditions since early spring in many parts of the state

What happens after the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban ends? 

Once the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban ends, the City of Victoria will go back to its in-season water use restrictions. The City of Victoria has an ordinance restricting water usage, effective annually from May 1 to September 30. During that time, irrigation (ex., sprinklers or in-ground watering systems) through the public water supply is restricted to an odd/even watering cycle and prohibited between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

What this means: 

  • No person shall irrigate using the public water supply between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on any day of the week.   
  • If a property address is an even number, irrigation can take place on the even-numbered days outside of the hours listed above.  
  • If the property address is an odd number, irrigation can take place on the odd-numbered days outside of the hours listed above. 

In-season water use restrictions are communicated to City-water customers each year via their utility notices. It is also posted on the City’s website homepage, spring newsletter, and on signs throughout the neighborhoods of Victoria. 

This ordinance has been in place since 1998; it was last revised in 2014. The full text is available in the City of Victoria’s Municipal Code Chapter 26; Section 26 to 30. 

Do you have questions regarding the Emergency Outdoor Watering Ban? 

Contact the City of Victoria’s Public Works Team with questions through the City of Victoria’s reporting system at www.ci.victoria.mn.us/wateringbanquestions.




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