When can you water your lawn?
Above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall has prompted the City of Minden to ask residents to cut water usage earlier than usual.
According to the National Weather Service, a large part of Louisiana is under an "exceptional drought" and considered "abnormally dry."
Until the recent rain, the City of Minden had recorded only one-half inch since April 25, therefore, city officials are implementing an outdoor watering schedule effective immediately until further notice.
"The city always wants to be proactive to ensure all citizens have quality and plentiful water," said Minden Mayor Bill Robertson. "With very little rain and only a few scattered showers in the forecast for the near future, it is necessary to promote outdoor water conservation now and in the coming weeks."
According to Dean Barr, city Water Production Superintendent, the city water demand is already at four million gallons a day, about three weeks earlier than last year.
Anticipating another year of record heat and less rain, the city has issued outdoor watering schedules for city residents. An odd/even watering schedule has been adopted.
"We are asking citizens not to water during the day as 65 to 75 percent of the water evaporates, and it actually burns up your grass," Barr said.
The city will begin abbreviated watering on all city properties effective immediately.
"The water parks will remain open from noon until 8 p.m. daily for the time being," Robertson said. "But if the drought continues, we may be forced to shorten the hours. Let us assure you our constant goal is to provide you with a safe, dependable and sufficient supply of drinking water."
Editor's note: Tips on watering and water conservation, provided by the City of Minden, will be published in the Minden Press-Herald over the next several weeks. Watch for the photo of the Minden water tower.