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Water Conservation
"All the water that will ever be is, right now."
- Loran Eisely, The Immense Journey, 1957

Water Protection and Conservation

Water is one of our most important natural resources. To keep our environment healthy for the next generation it is necessary to understand how we can protect and conserve our surface and groundwater resources.

Protect Our Lakes, Streams, and Wetlands
What you use on land will likely end up in the water. You can help protect our wate rbodies by:
  • Keep litter, leaves, grass clippings, and fertilizer off hard surfaces and away from nearby water bodies. These items are easily washed into nearby lakes and ponds through the storm drain system and can be harmful to a water body.
  • Reduce or eliminate lawn fertilizer use. Most lawns only need to be fertilized once or twice a year. Use low (3% or less) or zero phosphorous fertilizer when you do fertilize. Most lawns in Burnsville do not need additional phosphorous.
  • Establish a natural buffer zone (20 feet or more) adjacent to ponds and lakes. These buffers help keep nutrients from entering our water resources.
  • Maintain a healthy lawn. Mow grass to a height of 2-3 inches, seed in the spring, aerate and de-thatch in the fall
  • Use lawn chemicals sparingly. Consider pulling, digging or spot treating weeds.
  • Pick up pet feces. It adds harmful bacteria and parasites to runoff water.
  • Never dispose of oil, paints, solvents, or other household chemicals in the streets or storm drains. What goes in the storm drain goes directly, without treatment, into our ponds and lakes.

Help Conserve Water
  • Use water saving appliances and low or reduced flow plumbing fixtures (showerheads, faucets).
  • Repair leaking faucets, toilets, hoses, etc.
  • Wash your car only when necessary. Consider a commercial car wash, which tends to use water more efficiently.
  • Properly water your lawn or garden. Adjust your watering to the weather. When you do water, water thoroughly. A typical lawn needs 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water once a week. For a typical sprinkler, this means about 2-3 hours.
  • Avoid watering in the heat of the day. Best times to water are 6:00 am to 10:00 am or 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

For more information contact the Natural Resources Department at 952-895-4550.

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