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Cottage Grove Announces End Date of August 1 for Emergency Watering Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

For More Information Please Contact:  
Charlene Stevens, City Administrator, cstevens@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2822

Cottage Grove Announces End Date of August 1 for Emergency Watering Ban 

Cottage Grove, Minn. – July 20, 2017 – Effective Aug. 1, the emergency watering ban that the City of Cottage Grove has had in place since May 23 will be lifted. At their July 19 meeting, City Council voted unanimously to lift the ban, contingent on Well Number 10 being fully operational, which includes successful testing of the well by the Minnesota Department of Health.  The City Council also amended an ordinance related to water conservation violation penalties.  

Beginning Aug. 1, Cottage Grove residents and businesses return to odd/even and time-of-day exterior watering restrictions, which will be strictly enforced to ensure the City has enough capacity to deliver water during peak demand periods.  Those with even numbered addresses may water on even numbered days and vice versa. No watering will be permitted between noon and 4 p.m. and no watering will be allowed on the 31st of the month. Violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine or imprisonment or both. Each day a violation occurs or continues is considered a separate violation.  Compliance with the odd/even, time-of-day, and no watering on the 31st is needed since the City is still operating with a limited water capacity, even with Well Number 10 being back online when the ban is lifted.  Anyone who believes there is a violation should call the police non-emergency number at 651- 439-9381 so that action can be taken.

In addition, all special watering permits that were issued during the watering ban will no longer be effective as of Aug. 1.

Even though the emergency watering ban is being lifted, the City is still working with limited water capacity. If for any reason a low water pressure situation would arise, City wells that are over the new Minnesota Department of Health values would have to be put into service to meet the water needs of residents and businesses.  If that would happen the City would post notice on the City’s website and social media accounts.

Work on the temporary water treatment facility for Well Number 10 was expedited and that well is expected to be back online, after testing by the Minnesota Department of Health, by Aug. 1.  A smaller temporary water treatment facility for Well Number 3 is expected to be completed by mid-August at which point that well will also be brought back online.  

The City strongly encourages residents to continue their water conservation efforts, to water no more than two days a week, and to take advantage of the City’s rain barrel rebate program.