For Immediate Release August 17, 2021

The City of Sartell is continuing to follow guidance from the MN DNR as our region has now been upgraded to the “Extreme Drought” restrictive phase. The extreme drought phase has historically meant a heightened risk of wildfires as surface waters are near record lows.

Over the past few months, the City of Sartell has required an odd/even watering schedule, 2-day per week watering schedule, and 1-day per week watering schedule. None of these have brought the City to its appropriate water level threshold, according to the DNR. When property owners abide by the ban, we are all doing our part to help protect the community for fire safety, drinking water, and our environment.

Please follow the precautions below to keep our water levels in compliance with the DNR and avoid a citation:

  • The City of Sartell is asking property owners to ban non-essential outdoor water use:
    • yard sprinkling
    • power washing buildings
    • car washing
    • swimming pool filling
  • The Splash Pad at Watab Park will also be shut down until further notice, but Celebration Wading Pool will still be open regular hours.
  • Hand watering flowers, gardens, and lawn spots is allowed

Sandpoint systems, ponds, wells, or other non-city water supply sources do not need to abide by the ban, although it is highly encouraged.

Residents and businesses can apply for a watering exemption for newly seeded or sodded lawns at City Hall. All applications will be sent to the Public Works Director for final inspection and approval. Please allow 48 hours for the exemption to be delivered to your residence.

A citation for not abiding by the ban is $100 and increases by $100 after each offense. For example, citation #1 is $100 and citation #4 is $400. Failure to pay a citation will result in a property tax assessment.

Again, this is a MN DNR requirement, and we are complying. We ask for your full cooperation in the watering ban and to follow the restrictions in place. The City will be following the guidelines of the DNR and will keep the ban in place until the DNR suggests it can be lifted. 

For questions please contact John Kothenbeutel at