Medina Included in Drought Warning

Medina is now included in a drought warning as defined by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Drought Action Plan.    

Droughts and Water Conservation

Residential water use increases significantly in the summer due to irrigation.  Understanding when and how long to run the irrigation system, how to adjust the irrigation controller, how to detect leaks, and how to repair common irrigation hardware problems are the most important concepts for homeowners to comprehend and efficiently conserve water in Medina. 

Drought is a prolonged period of lower-than-normal rainfall that leads to serious effects on plants, animals, and people.   Each of us impacts the planet by consuming resources – and water is among the most important.  A water footprint measures the total amount of fresh water needed to produce the goods and services consumed by an individual, industry or community.  Visit WaterSense to calculate your personal water usage and strategize ways to conserve.  

In Medina droughts can lower the levels of our lakes and creeks, cause drying of lawns and vegetation that can make us more vulnerable to wildfires.  Droughts around the state can also cause major crop losses and water shortages.  Medina has abundant drinking and public water supplies, but in serious long term droughts water restrictions may be necessary.    

    • Water during the coolest part of the day to avoid evaporation. 
    • Water grass only when it needs it. Most lawns only need an inch of water a week. 
    • Install low flow shower heads and faucet aerators.
    • Look for the WaterSense logo when you buy appliances and equipment. These products are certified to perform well while saving water and energy.
    • Take shorter showers using low flow showerheads instead of baths. 
    • Turn the faucet off while you shave or brush your teeth. 
    • Load dishes into the dishwasher without rinsing them. 
    • Run the dishwasher only when it’s fully loaded. 
    • Fill the sink to wash dishes by hand instead of letting the water run. 
    • Use a large pan to clean vegetables rather than letting the water run. 
    • Only wash full loads of laundry. 

The City regularly monitors water levels and is not implementing water restrictions currently.  To stay updated on the status of restrictions, continue to check back on this webpage.