Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

Just Because You Can Water Your Lawn, Doesn’t Mean You Should
Posted on 08/19/2021

Every day without rain puts the State of Minnesota further into a drought, and every time residents use water unnecessarily it pushes the City of New Hope closer to imposing more water use restrictions. Although residents can sprinkle their lawn on an odd/even schedule, based on their house number, it doesn’t mean they have to.

So far in 2021, the Minneapolis area has received 15.4 inches of precipitation compared to a year-to-date average of 21.4 inches, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. And according to the National Integrated Drought Information System, Minnesota experienced its seventh driest July and is experiencing the ninth driest year in the last 127 years.

In addition to the lack of rainfall, Minnesota is also experiencing a historically warm summer. The Twin Cities National Weather Service ranks 2021 as the third warmest meteorological summer on record for Minnesota through July. In the Twin Cities, June was 7.1 degrees warmer than average and July was 1.7 degrees warmer than average. Twenty-two days have pushed 90 degrees, while the 30-year average is just 11 days.

While 2021 hasn’t turned out to be a good year to grow a garden or achieve the goal of a perfectly green lawn, if New Hope residents can band together to conserve water wherever they can, it will only benefit you, your neighbors and the environment.
For more information about the drought, what you can do to help, and what the City’s next steps will be, read the recent drought stories linked below.