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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Water conservation measures in White Bear Lake

August 28, 2007

White Bear Lake (U.S.A.) is implementing lawn irrigation hours to conserve water.

Using an animated character called ‘Drip’ as their friendly, one-stop water conservation information source, the city has prohibited lawn irrigation using the city’s water supply between the hours of 10:00 to 17:00 (10am to 5pm) from 1 May to 30 September 2007.

While a grace period is provided for this year, next year penalties will be in place and enforced.

‘Drip’ offers the following lawn irrigation tips:

  • Consider whether lawn irrigation is necessary in your situation.
  • Lawn irrigation would normally be minimal in spring until June.
  • Add 2.5cm – 3.8cm (1 – 1.5 inches) of water per week (minus any rainfall) during the summer months.
  • Keep the intervals between irrigations as long as possible.
  • Water in early morning hours for greatest efficiency.

ICLEI has an international freshwater Water Campaign that aims to build the capacity of local governments to reduce water consumption and improve local water quality. For more information on ICLEI’s Water Campaign, please visit www.iclei.org/water.

White Bear Lake is one of 204 local governments in the U.S.A. that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the U.S.A., please visit www.iclei.org/usa.

Source:  “City Promoting New Water Conservation Measures!”, White Bear Lake website at www.ci.white-bear-lake.mn.us.