Water ban restrictions amended, irrigation permitted two days a week

The city of Bemidji’s watering ban has been amended to allow lawn irrigation two days a week.

The watering ban has been in effect since July 20. The ban was part of the city’s water supply plan to protect the city aquifer in times of drought.

Over these past three weeks, water usage went down to the goal of 150 percent of January levels.

“On behalf of the City Council and staff, thank you to the residents and businesses for listening, responding and helping our city achieve our water reduction goal,” wrote City Manager Nate Mathews.

Lawn irrigation is now permitted Tuesdays and Saturdays from 4 to 9 a.m., in hopes of preventing significant long-term drought damage to yards, fields and landscaping.

The amended ban is effective Saturday, Aug. 14.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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