MOORHEAD — Moorhead Public Service said on Tuesday, July 20, that effective immediately the utility was implementing Stage 1 mandatory water use restrictions for residents of both Moorhead and Dilworth.

The utility said that due to Minnesota’s continued and widespread drought conditions, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has implemented the next provision in the Minnesota Statewide Drought Plan, indicating Minnesota is now in a drought warning phase.

MPS officials said a drought warning phase means each Minnesota public water supplier must implement water use restrictions in accordance with their community's water supply plan.

Moorhead's water supply plan includes actions such as even-odd number outdoor watering restrictions, meaning that for a given property things like lawn watering and car washing may occur only every other day based on street address.

For example, residents with an address ending in an even number, such as 2158, may use water for lawn watering and car washing only on even-numbered days.

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In addition to the even-odd number restrictions, Moorhead Public Service is encouraging that all non-essential water use should occur between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., especially during high temperatures, as high temperatures cause most of the water to evaporate.

The utility said the following water uses are exempt the current restrictions:

  • Gardens
  • Flowers
  • Newly-planted trees and shrubs
  • Newly-sodded or seeded lawns

Under Stage 1 restrictions, anyone who is found in violation of the restrictions will receive warnings for the first two violations. A third violation could result in a water flow restrictor placed on a property's water service, which could restrict water flow to a bare minimum for up to 48 hours.

For more information on Minnesota’s drought conditions, visit: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/drought/index.html.

For more information on water conservation, visit: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/watermgmt_section/appropriations/water-conservation-residents.html.