Watering Restrictions

Icon of triangle with exclamation pointJuly 2021 until further notice:

The DNR has requested we reduce water usage during the current drought conditions caused by abnormally, and prolonged, hot and dry weather.

The City has taken steps to significantly reduce our water usage and we are asking residents and businesses to join us in these efforts. One of the most effective ways to help conserve water is by watering every fourth day instead of every other day.   

The DNR's goal is to conserve water during this drought by 50%. Every effort you make to reduce water usage will help during this time. Thank you for making a difference!

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To ensure an adequate water supply during hot summer months, the City of Burnsville has an odd-even watering policy in place April 1 through Sept. 30 of each year. 


Mid-day watering is not efficient and results in large amounts of water being lost to evaporation. No lawn or garden watering or other irrigation can take place between 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. on any day. This applies to all residential and commercial properties. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Homes and businesses with even-numbered addresses may water their lawns before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m. on even-numbered calendar dates.

Homes with odd-numbered addresses may water their lawns before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m. on odd-numbered calendar dates.

Multi-family residences with multiple addresses, businesses with multiple addresses, and structures without an apparent address may water before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m. on odd numbered days.

Whenever there are thirty-one (31) days in a month, the thirty first day is a day both odd and even numbered properties can water before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m.


Watering restrictions do not apply to the watering of new seed or sod; new landscaping; or any other plant materials that require daily watering, including, but not limited to, golf greens and tees, and athletic fields with special soil conditions, plantings in pots and baskets, and vegetable gardens.


Violations of the watering restriction policy can result in a warning and fees being added to the water bill of the offending property.  The non-compliant fees are on a graduated scale per offense.

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Read detailed information about City Code 7-2-17 Water Use Restrictions 

If you have questions about these restrictions, please contact Burnsville Public Works at 952-895-4550.

Visit our Water Conservation page for more lawn and yard tips and additional ways to help conserve water.