With the excessive irrigation usage caused by the hot weather, the City’s water distribution system is operating at maximum capacity. Operating at this level puts enormous stress on pumps and motors. To keep up with demand, the well is currently running 19 hours a day at 800 gallons per minute. The City is required to keep the water tower at a 70% capacity to be able to supply water in the event of a fire emergency.  As of today, the City of Champlin is supplementing Dayton’s water supply, but those supplies are limited, as they are dealing with unprecedented demand due to irrigation demand.

The City has implemented an Odd/Even Irrigation Ordinance effective from May 1st to October 31st. This Ordinance permits irrigation by properties with even numbered post office addresses on even numbered calendar days. Properties with odd numbered post office addresses may irrigate on odd numbered calendar days.  Irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Enforcement of the ordinance will be enhanced, and a fine of $100 may be imposed on violators.

If this situation persists, more restrictions on water usage may need to be implemented such as a watering ban which means all outdoor, non-essential water use is banned under an emergency order. Please remember that the water you use for irrigation is billable, and the city has a tiered billing system, the more you use the more you pay. The city website has information on smart irrigation practices.