All municipal water users in the City of Sioux Falls must follow the lawn watering program as set forth by ordinance #50 – #52.

This ordinance established a year-round odd/even policy and prohibits Noon - 5 p.m. watering every day. It also determines how we move between stages of lawn watering guidelines.

 

Stage 1 is in effect when the river flow is more than 50 cubic feet per second.

LAWN WATERING for all residential, commercial, industrial, and City facilities is allowed with the following exceptions: 

  • Watering lawns is not allowed during the hours of 12 p.m. (noon) to 5 p.m. 
  • Users with even-numbered addresses may water lawns on even-numbered calendar dates and users with odd-numbered addresses may water lawns on odd-numbered calendar dates.

 

Stage 2 is in effect when the river flow is at 50 cubic feet per second or less for 10 consecutive days but more than 20 cubic feet per second. Also, the city-wide demand for water is more than 42 million gallons per day.

LAWN WATERING for all residential, commercial, industrial, and City facilities is allowedone day per week based on the last number of your property address. For example,108 E. John Doe Lane would water on Sunday. Use the following schedule:

0 – Monday 4 – Thursday 8 – Sunday
1 – Tuesday 5 – Friday 9 – Sunday
2 – Wednesday 6 – Saturday  
3 – Wednesday 7 – Saturday  

• Watering lawns is not allowed during the hours of 12 p.m. (noon) to 5 p.m.

 

Stage 3 is in effect when the river flow is 20 cubic feet per second or less for 5 consecutive days. Also, the city-wide demand for water is more than 34 million gallons per day.

LAWN WATERING for all residential, commercial, industrial, and City facilities is not allowed at this time.

WASTING WATER IS NEVER ALLOWED (for example, leaving your hose running).

PERMITS FOR NEWLY INSTALLED LAWNS will be allowed. Contact Public Works at 367-8600 for permit information.

HAND WATERING OF VEGETATION such as shrubbery, trees, ground covers, plants, vines, gardens, vegetables, and flowers is permitted any time of day if the water is applied by a hose that does not leak and is equipped with a hand-held nozzle that automatically shuts off when released.