Why was the lawn & landscape policy changed?
  • It’s better for lawns. Irrigating fewer days – but applying a deeper soaking on the designated days – is more effective in stimulating and maintaining healthy growth. In addition, many studies show that one inch of water per week, including rainfall, is all a lawn needs to remain healthy. Irrigating two days per week – instead of up to four with the previous odd/even schedule – will continue to provide sufficient time to meet the one-inch-per-week guideline.
  • Woodbury is a leader in environmental sustainability. Woodbury has a long history of serving as a regional leader in environmental sustainability. The city was one of the first to institute an odd/even and time-of-day lawn watering policy many years ago and its water efficiency programs have been emulated in other metro communities in recent years. Changing the lawn watering policy is an important action for protecting the long-term sustainability of the aquifer (Woodbury’s drinking water source).
  • It helps manage water system operations. Pumping less water lessens the impact on the drinking water system infrastructure, which decreases the frequency of needed repairs and replacements, and supports system resiliency.
  • It Reduces the impact of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Minnesota Department of Health is expected to increase its health standards for PFAS in 2023 and subsequently issue health advisories on as many as eight additional drinking water production wells in Woodbury. While the city is treating six of its wells at the temporary treatment plant and working on adding interim treatment at three additional well sites for operation beginning in 2024, it will be challenging to limit the impact of PFAS by not using these eight wells and continue to meet water demand, especially during the summer watering months.

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1. Why was the lawn & landscape policy changed?
2. When did the update two days per week policy go into effect?
3. How do I know which days to water/which watering zone I am in?
4. How were the irrigation zones determined?
5. I have a private well; do I still need to follow the Lawn Watering Policy?
6. When can homeowner associations irrigate?
7. When can commercial, industrial, institutional properties (schools/churches) irrigate?
8. What if I am planting new seed/sod?
9. I’m worried about my grass dying. How can I protect it?
10. What happens if the lawn watering policy is violated?
11. What about other outdoor water uses?
12. How do I reprogram my irrigation controller?
13. What is the one inch of water per week guideline?
14. The 2021 elevated watering restrictions were enforced during extreme drought conditions. Why do we need these policy changes in a non-drought year?
15. I notice properties irrigating on the sidewalk or street. Can anything be done to reduce this?