New Hope Following State Plan to Navigate Drought

New Hope Following State Plan to Navigate Drought
Posted on 08/14/2021
Along with other cities that get their water supply from the Mississippi River, the City of New Hope is following the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Drought Action Plan, which entered the Drought Warning Phase in mid-July. If drought conditions persist and Minnesota enters the Extreme Drought Restrictive Phase, the City will continue to follow the statewide plan as well as guidance from the City of Minneapolis, its water supplier.

The Drought Warning Phase means a significant portion of the Mississippi River flow has measured at or below 2,000 cubic feet per second for five consecutive days. It causes the State to increase drought awareness messaging to the public and notify water suppliers of severe drought conditions. Water suppliers then implement use restrictions, like the current even/odd lawn sprinkling restrictions that went into effect July 21.

The Extreme Drought Restrictive Phase means a significant portion of the Mississippi River flow has measured at or below 1,500 cubic feet per second for five consecutive days. If that occurs, the City would then implement a complete lawn sprinkling ban and further restrict other outdoor water uses to reduce demand on the water supply.

Updates will be communicated on the city website, social media and via local media. For more information, contact New Hope Public Works at 763.592.6777.