DNR Warns Of Water Usage During Drought Conditions
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources warns Minnesotans to conserve water, with severe drought now affecting almost half our state and straining water supply. The entire state is considered to be in moderate drought.
The agency is asking people to stop watering their lawns and trees or washing their cars. Farmers are asked to stop outdoor irrigation and businesses should reduce their water use, state officials say.
A Minnesota DNR state climatologist told the Associated Press that many parts of the state lost the equivalent of two months of summer rainfall, in some areas, up to 10 inches of rainfall. July 2012 wass second warmest month in Minnesota’s modern history, with the drought rivaling the same intensity as the 1988 drought. The DNR believes the outlook will become more dire without more precipitation this fall, winter and spring.
State officials worry about depleted groundwater, which becomes the majority of the state’s drinking water.