Lawn watering uses a significant portion of Eden Prairie's water supply. It is very important that residents and businesses follow the City's ordinance to ensure there is enough water for all uses, including vital services such as fighting fires.
The City's ordinance [PDF] states that residents and businesses can water on an odd/even system.
If your address ends with an odd number, then you can water on odd days of the month. If your address ends in an even number, then you can water on even days of the month.
No lawn watering is allowed between the hours of noon and 5 p.m., even if you have an exemption
for new sod or landscaping.
Fines for violating water use restrictions are determined by the number of water restriction violations issued to the owner in the previous three years, and are as follows:
- First offense — $25
- Second offense — $50
- Third offense — $100
- Fourth offense — $200
- Each additional offense (five or more) — $300
Watering restrictions are enforced year-round and violators will be fined. No warnings are given for violation of lawn watering restrictions.
Exemptions from the odd/even watering requirements are available for items such as new sod or landscaping for 30 days once per year. Other exemption requests are granted on a case-by-case basis.
Private wells are exempt from the City ordinance. Activities such as play toys, car washing and hand watering of flower beds are also exempt, as long as the activity is attended.
Contact the City’s sustainability specialist for more information about the City's lawn watering ordinance.