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Watering Restrictions

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Watering Restrictions are in effect from May 15 - September 15, annually. Residents with even numbered houses (last digit of house address) can water lawns on even numbered calendar days, odd numbered houses on odd numbered calendar days. Residents can water BEFORE 11:00 a.m. or AFTER 5:00 p.m. (No watering between 11:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Looking for ideas on how to use less water? The City of Shoreview is participating in a water conservation program through the use of WaterSmart software. For more information, visit our Shoreview Water Conservation Program. Also, check out the watering tips below to help decrease your water use.

Penalties

Penalties shall be billed to the customer and collected as part of the City's utility bill and are as follows:

  • 1st Penalty - Warning
  • 2nd Penalty - $25.00
  • 3rd Penalty - $50.00
  • 4th Penalty - Turned over to City Attorney for prosecution

These restrictions do not apply for water uses including car washing, filling of children's swimming pools, children playing in a hose operated sprinkler or water toy, or hand-held watering of trees, shrubs, and other plants.

Residents with newly sodded or seeded yards may obtain an exemption from the odd-even restriction for a period of two weeks. Residents requiring an exemption should complete the online exemption request form. If you have questions, please contact the Shoreview Public Works Department at 651.490.4650.

Watering Tips
Watering twice a week is usually enough to keep a healthy lawn growing. In general, your lawn needs about one inch of water per week, including rainfall, to keep it green during the growing season. Water only when your lawn needs it, rather than on a set schedule. One sign that a lawn needs water is when it lacks enough moisture to spring back after you walk on it. If it stays flat, it's time to water.

When Should I Water?

Water deeply and infrequently. Deep watering promotes a deep root system, while over-watering promotes shallow root growth, making your lawn less hardy.
  • Following a heavy rain, skip your regular watering until the grass needs it.
  • Delay regular lawn watering during the first cool weeks of spring. This encourages deeper rooting and makes your lawn healthier for the rest of the summer. It also delays the first time you have to mow the grass.
  • If you have an automatic sprinkler system, check the heads periodically. Be sure they haven't shifted direction to spray water on the side of the house, driveway, or sidewalk instead of the lawn.
  • More water is dispensed faster with a larger diameter hose. Sprinklers that throw large drops in a flat pattern are much more effective than those with fine, high sprays, which can be blown about and evaporated quickly.
  • Don't water your lawn too much. An automatic system can be preset, but a sprinkler on the end of a hose needs your personal attention. Buy timer attachments that hook on between the faucet and hose, or set a kitchen timer to ring in 15 or 20 minutes to remind you to move the sprinkler to a new area.
  • Not all soil is the same. If your grass grows on mostly clay soil, between 1/4 and 1/2 inch of water per hour can be absorbed before it starts running off wastefully. If you have sandy soil, you'll need to water more often and for shorter periods of time.
  • Grassy areas on sunny southern sides of buildings or on slopes and areas near sidewalks and driveways need to be watered more often. Shady areas and northern exposures need water less frequently.
  • Use root feeder or water-aerator probes around trees and bushes. Even for the biggest trees, you need go no deeper than 18 inches, while 8 to 12 inches is plenty deep for smaller trees and shrubs. The probes get water precisely where it's needed and simultaneously create lots of little holes that provide aeration benefits.
Water Restriction Exemption Request
Residents with newly sodded or seeded yards may obtain an exemption from the odd-even restriction for a period of two weeks. Residents requiring an exemption should complete the online exemption request form. If you have questions, please contact the Shoreview Public Works Department at 651.490.4650.