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Why is the city instituting a sprinkling ban?
The city is required by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to have a Water Supply Plan. This Water Supply Plan is also part of the city's Comprehensive Plan.

These plans are required and must be approved by various state agencies. The DNR is requiring cities to adopt several conservation measures before they will approve the Water Supply Plan. One of these measures is lawn sprinkling ban during the hours of highest water evaporation.

Another measure is changing the water rate structure to charge more for water use as the use increases. In order for the MDH to issue the city its 2011 Water Appropriations Permit, the city had to get the DNR approval of the Water Supply Plan.

Therefore, the city, like all other cities, had to institute a lawn sprinkling ban. The city bans lawn irrigation between the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday. This ban is good common sense and has been widely practiced in other cities for several years.

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1. When is the sprinkling ban?
2. Why is the city instituting a sprinkling ban?
3. Are my kids allowed to play in the sprinkler during the day?
4. Can I wash my car during the sprinkling ban hours?
5. What if I water the garden using soaker hoses?
6. Can I hand water my garden?
7. What if I have new sod or am seeding my lawn?
8. What happens if I violate the sprinkling ban?
9. Who should be called if someone is violating the ban?