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A lawn is irrigated with sprinkler systems in Andover, Minn. Monday, July 7, 2014. Jeffrey Thompson/MPR News

Quest to conserve groundwater targets green-grass lovers


Summer water bills that spike and cities that scramble to pump enough groundwater to keep neighborhoods lush and green, even during droughts, are nothing new in the Twin Cities.

But fresh doubts about groundwater supplies are testing long-held assumptions that water is both cheap and plentiful. New technology, more aggressive pricing structures and shifting attitudes are beginning to change how some Minnesotans view and care for their lawns.

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Elizabeth Dunbar
Elizabeth Dunbar covers the environment for MPR News. Minnesota Public Radio News can be heard in Brainerd on 88.3 FM or at
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