Water Conservation

​Attention Residents - Lake Level Lawsuit Update:

The Township Board of Supervisors would like for our residents to be aware of  the ongoing process concerning the White Bear Lake Level lawsuit. At the end of the summer (2021), the Township received notification from The Department of Natural Resources regarding the lake level actually falling beneath its statutorily mandated minimum of 923.5 feet (MSL 1912). As is defined within the statute, a residential irrigation ban is triggered. However, because the Township has contested the case, the DNR has recognized our position and has requested (not required) a residential irrigation ban within the Township. In practical terms what does this mean for our residents over the next 60 days? Very little, as your lawns are covered by a foot of snow and ice. In the long term, the DNR is asking us to take into consideration the impacts the drought had on the area this last year, and do our best to curb our water usage for irrigation until the lake has rebounded to a healthier level. The Board would like to ask for everyone’s cooperation this spring and summer as we as a community voluntarily adhere to existent watering restrictions rather than imposed bans. The lake is a major amenity to us all, therefore we all have a responsibility to preserve it! Further information will be available as we get into the spring and summer months.


You probably don't think much about water, even though you use it every day. There's a lot of water on our planet, but we can only use a small amount of it. Water covers about 70 percent of the earth, but only about three percent of it is fresh water. Most of the fresh water, about 75 percent, is in the form of ice. In fact, the frozen areas of the world have as much fresh water as all of the world's rivers will carry for the next 1,000 years. The demand for unpolluted fresh water is increasing because the earth's population is increasing.

How Much Water Does the Average Person Use?

Here are a few statistics about water use in your home:
  • In the home, each person uses about 70 gallons of water a day.
  • It takes three gallons to flush a toilet.
  • It takes 15 to 30 gallons to take a bath.
  • It takes five gallons for a one-minute shower.
  • It takes 10 gallons to wash dishes.
This is a lot of water, but more than half of the water used in the United States is used by industries. For example, it takes 250 tons of water to make a ton of newspaper and 10 gallons to produce one gallon of gasoline. Given these facts, it’s understandable why it’s so important to conserve water.

Checking for Leaks

The average household's leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.

To check for leaks in your home, you first need to determine whether you're wasting water and then identify the source of the leak. Use this Detect and Chase Down Leaks Checklist to find out if your home has any hidden leaks.

Sharing Waters

Anglers and boaters are not the only ones who use bodies of water and have an effect on fish populations. Industries and power plants use large amounts of water. Communities need water for drinking. Farmers use it to water their crops and livestock. Barges and ships use waterways to bring products to market. Water is also used for waste disposal. The demands for water use can cause conflicts among those using available resources.