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Lawn Watering Policy

Water Efficiency

Before turning on the sprinkler, residents and business owners should:

  • Determine if it's "their day" to water the lawn, based on the odd/even schedule. This means if your home or business address ends in an odd number (1, 3, 5, etc.) you may water your lawn on odd-numbered calendar days each month. Likewise, if your address ends in an even number (0, 2, 4, etc.) you may sprinkle on even-numbered days of the month.
  • Check the clock. Lawn sprinkling is permitted only before noon and after 5 p.m. regardless of whether it is "your day" to water.

The odd/even schedule is in effect year-round, not just in the summer. Automatic sprinkling systems must be set to comply with both the odd/even schedule and the hours of the day when lawn watering is permitted.

The watering policy applies only to lawn watering. There are no restrictions on filling pools or washing cars. Watering of shrubs, flowers, or other landscaping vegetation is permitted on a property's non-watering day when done by hand and the watering device is personally tended. However, all landscape watering is prohibited between noon and 5 p.m. each day regardless of your watering day.

The policy also covers all private wells located within the Municipal Urban Service Area (MUSA) boundary. Sports fields, golf courses, commercial nurseries, agricultural, and horticultural businesses are exempt from watering restrictions.

Permits allowing 14 continuous days of watering for areas of new seed and sod are available at City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Road, or the Public Works Building, 2301 Tower Drive. Watering of new seed/sod is not allowed between noon and 5 p.m., even with a permit. Only watering of new seed/sod areas are covered by the permit. THE PERMIT MUST BE VISIBLE IN A WINDOW.

Failure to comply with the Woodbury watering policy is a violation of City Code. Violators may be issued an administrative citation. First-time offenders are not exempt.

Questions about the Woodbury lawn watering policy can be directed to the Public Works Department at (651) 714-3720 or Visit the Utility Billing and Rates page for more information on water rates.

This policy is enforced year-round.

Remember: Just because it's 'your day' to water doesn't mean you need to or should
A healthy lawn needs 1 inch of water per week, including precipitation, to stay green. Learn about best practices for lawn maintenance on the Watering Tips page.