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Lawn Watering Policy

Policy update as of Jan. 1, 2019:
All properties in Woodbury must follow the lawn and landscape watering policy, unless the operate under a State of Minnesota Water Appropriations Permit.

Before turning on the sprinkler, residents and business owners should:

  • Determine if it's "their day" to water the lawn, based on the odd/even schedule. This means if your home or business address ends in an odd number (1, 3, 5, etc.) you may water your lawn on odd-numbered calendar days each month. Likewise, if your address ends in an even number (0, 2, 4, etc.) you may sprinkle on even-numbered days of the month.
  • Check the clock. Lawn sprinkling is permitted only before noon and after 5 p.m. regardless of whether it is "your day" to water.

The odd/even schedule is in effect year-round, not just in the summer. Automatic sprinkling systems must be set to comply with both the odd/even schedule and the hours of the day when lawn watering is permitted.

The watering policy applies only to lawn watering. There are no restrictions on filling pools or washing cars. Watering of shrubs, flowers, or other landscaping vegetation is permitted on a property's non-watering day when done by hand and the watering device is personally tended. However, water loss is greatest between noon and 5 p.m. and users are encouraged not to water during this time.

The policy covers all of Woodbury, regardless if you are located on a private well or city water. Sports fields, golf courses, commercial nurseries, agricultural, and horticultural businesses are exempt from watering restrictions but are encouraged to employ water efficiently to the greatest extent possible.

Permits allowing 14 continuous days of watering for areas of new seed and sod are available at City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Road, or the Public Works Building, 2301 Tower Drive. Watering of new seed/sod is not allowed between noon and 5 p.m., even with a permit. Only watering of new seed/sod areas are covered by the permit. The permit must be visible in a window.

Failure to comply with the Woodbury watering policy is a violation of City Code. Violators may be issued an administrative citation. First-time offenders are not exempt.

Questions about the Woodbury lawn watering policy can be directed to the Public Works Department at (651) 714-3720 or publicworks@woodburymn.gov. Visit the Utility Billing and Rates page for more information on water rates.

This policy is enforced year-round.

Just because it's 'your day' to water doesn't mean you need to or should
A healthy lawn needs 1 inch of water per week, including precipitation, to stay alive. In fact, watering ever other day will result in shallow roots and less-healthy grass. Learn more about best practices for lawn maintenance on the Watering Tips page.