The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports the communities pumping water from the Prairie du Chien/Jordan aquifer, may need a new water source in 20 years if water usage continues at its current pace.
Several communities in this region – spanning all of Washington County, and parts of Ramsey and Anoka counties – pump water from the Prairie du Chien/Jordan aquifer, an underground layer of rock that holds water. The DNR has determined the amount of water in the aquifer is declining and is making groundwater conservation and management a top priority. The DNR is developing a groundwater management area for the region to assist in managing sustainable appropriations from the aquifer.
While there is no immediate threat to our groundwater source, it’s clear water usage needs to be reduced. To encourage conservation and prevent excessive use of water, the Woodbury City Council has adopted a lawn watering policy that features an odd/even watering schedule, as well as a ban on watering between noon and 5 p.m. each day. For details, view the Watering Policy page.
Water Efficiency Incentive Program