Although it’s too soon to tell if the metro region will experience the same drought conditions as the last two years, it is still a good idea to use water resources wisely all the time, not just during dry periods.

In an average year, the Twin Cities metropolitan area uses about 20 percent of its treated drinking water for outdoor purposes, such as lawn and garden watering and car washing. In dry years that figure can climb to more than 30 percent. Although it’s too soon to tell if the metro region will experience the same drought conditions as the last two years, it is still a good idea to use water resources wisely all the time, not just during dry periods. Consider these tips to reduce outdoor water use:

  • Convert lawns to native landscapes.
  • Water early in the morning.
  • Sweep with a broom instead of hose.
  • Collect rain water in a rain barrel.
  • Cut grass to no shorter than two inches to reduce evaporation and promote deep root growth.
  • Use shut-off nozzles on hoses when washing cars.
  • Calculate your water footprint.

Learn more by viewing the Metropolitan Council’s Water Conservation Toolbox and the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Web site.

Read tips from Mpls/St. Paul Magazine on how to conserve water and energy inside and outside your home.

Download the Water Works Brochure for additional information.