Watering the lawn during a flood

Sometimes, defending the suburbs is pointless.

We’ve had about 20 inches of rain this month so far. And yet people are still pumping out the aquifers to water their lawns.

In Woodbury, the Pioneer Press reports today, residents pumped out 9.3 million gallons of water on Saturday, much of it to feed their lawns. The city got 2 inches of rain on Saturday.

The city is asking residents to be sure their lawn watering systems have rain sensors.

Back during the Ventura administration, the Legislature passed a bill with a provision requiring homeowners to have sensors on lawn irrigation systems to avoid this problem. But the governor turned it aside because of it’s obvious assault on freedom-loving Americans.

Related: Repairing Spring Flooded Lawns (Yard and Garden News).

  • Veronica

    Should be pretty easy for City Council to pass some sort of “irresponsible water use” fine. First offense of sprinklers going in the rain? $25 fine. Second? $250 fine. Third offense? $500.

  • Carol S.

    The city of Rosemount does this all the time on its property. Can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen the sprinklers on the lawn of the fire department running DURING a rainstorm.

    • jon

      It’d be really embarrassing if during that same rain storm the fire department burned down.

  • Matt Black

    We have a sprinkler system but I haven’t even bothered turning it back on yet from the winter, there hasn’t been a point.

  • Susan WB

    They were running at my office this week, too, during a brief moment when the sidewalk wasn’t actually glistening wet from rain.

  • tboom

    I’m responsible for a sprinkler system at a commercial property, after the original rain sensor didn’t work very well I purchased an upgraded version which also doesn’t work very well. Just saying, watering in a rain storm might not be because of a lazy homeowner or firefighter.

    On a related note, have you noticed the yards in most new residential developments have about half an inch of black dirt over rock fill? This requires irrigation systems! If developers would put a foot or two of black dirt back (like the original land had), yards wouldn’t need to be watered every night. Of course that would cost the developer a few dollars (versus decades of pouring water on the yard).