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North Branch Water Conservation Measures – effective July 22, 2021

Press Release
Effective July 21, 2021
Contact: Scott Hautala
North Branch Water and Light General Manager
651-674-7100
scotth@nbpuc.org


N
orth Branch Water Conservation Measures – effective July 22, 2021


More than half the state is under severe or extreme drought conditions, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ drought monitor. DNR officials say this is the worst drought conditions have been in the state in nearly a decade.


The City of North Branch has a very robust water production system of wells, water treatment, and water towers and has not yet noticed any decline in its water supply quality or quantity.  However, to comply with DNR water conservation measures, the Water and Light Commission announced Wednesday it is implementing odd/even water sprinkling restrictions, meaning those with odd-numbered addresses limit outdoor watering to odd-numbered days, and even-numbered addresses do so on even-numbered days. The restrictions are in place until further notice.


In addition, sprinkling is not allowed from 11AM – 5PM daily to minimize evaporation.


Bushes and flowers can be watered with a hose, and vegetable gardens and new sod or seed requiring daily watering can be watered on any day outside of the prohibited six-hour window.   Trees may be watered with a dripping hose, bucket, or tree watering bags as needed.


Utility staff recommend that customers review their indoor water appliances to inspect for leaks, and the ability of water saving devices and water efficient appliances to reduce water usage.

North Branch Water and Light Offers Rebates!!!

Did you know that North Branch Water and Light offers rebates on many ENERGY STAR® certified products – including appliances, lighting products, air conditioners, smart thermostats, heat pump water heaters, and commercial food service equipment?

ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for saving energy.  ENERGY STAR certified products help consumers save money on operating costs by reducing energy use without sacrificing performance.  Products must meet strict energy efficiency specifications and use less energy, which helps to reduce environmental impacts.

Plus, you’ll save even more with a utility rebate!  Rebate forms can be found on our website: https://smmpa.com/members/north-branch

Learn more about ENERGY STAR and get guidance choosing the right products for your home or business here: www.energystar.gov.

CSAH 30 (Forest Blvd Construction Update
Beginning the week of July 12th, Shafer contracting , the contractor for the County Road 30 (Forest Boulevard) project, will begin concrete paving operations.  This will represent a significant change in the current traffic patterns.  Concrete paving will begin in North Branch and move north towards Harris.  During paving, traffic will not be able to pass the machine.  For more info click the link below

CSAH 30 Project Update
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