Watering restrictions are in effect for summerEffective May 1, the city of Rosemount started enforcing water restrictions. While it may seem like just another reason for government to pick on the little guy, the city actually has good reasons for limiting summer water use. We checked with the city to find out why.
By: Emily Zimmer, Rosemount Town Pages
Effective May 1, the city of Rosemount started enforcing water restrictions. While it may seem like just another reason for government to pick on the little guy, the city actually has good reasons for limiting summer water use. We checked with the city to find out why.
Why does the city impose watering restrictions?
The main reason for watering restrictions is conservation. However, another very important reason would be that there would be enough water left in the towers to fight fire if an occurrence would happen within the city.
When do the restrictions start?
Watering restriction started May 1 and will remain in place until August 31.
What days can I water?
On odd numbered days of the month, only odd numbered addresses can water lawns or landscaping, and on even numbered days, only even numbered addresses can water.
What hours can I water?
No watering of lawns or landscaping between noon and 6 p.m.
Why those hours?
High temperatures during those hours cause the water to evaporate.
Morning is the best time to water lawn areas. The earlier the better. As the sun rises, so does the mercury level. Heat steals the moisture from your lawn through evaporation. When you water early, more of the water is absorbed into the lawn, requiring less water usage.
Also, watering during the day can actually harm your lawn. Scalding and burning occurs when hot sunlight hits the water droplets that cling to the lawn. The tiny droplets imitate a magnifying glass, which burns the lawn.
Are there any exceptions?
Freshly planted lawns and landscaping are excluded from the restrictions for the first 30 days after planting because root systems aren’t established yet . The restrictions also do not apply to car washing, filling children’s swimming pools or children playing with a sprinkler or water toy.
What happens if I water during restricted times?
For a first violation residents will receive a written warning. The second will result in a $50 fine, the third a $100 fine and a $200 fine for every violation beyond that. Penalties are collected as part of the water bill.