Drought conditions are depleting Minnesota's water reserves and causing state officials to urge Minnesotans to conserve their resources.
The Department of Natural Resources is asking agricultural, commercial and industrial to limit their use outdoor irrigation and implement conservation measures, according to the Star Tribune.
According to DNR commissionar, Tom Landwehr, even though per-capita water consumption is decreasing nationwide, Minnesota's water use per resident is actually increasing.
"Nearly one-half of Minnesota is in severe drought or worse, rivaling the extreme drought of the late1980s," the Pioneer Press said.
"Its time to take water conservation more seriously," Landwehr said.