Changes to Outdoor Watering Restrictions

CHANGES TO OUTDOOR WATERING RESTRICTIONS

In November 2014, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) made changes to the Lake Michigan Water Allocation Rules and Regulations.  These rules support the efforts to manage and conserve the Lake Michigan water resource and restrict non-essential outside water uses to prevent excessive, wasteful use.

 

The updated rules and regulations made several changes to conservation practices that required the City to update its Ordinance (11-1-14) to be consistent with the new language and water allocation rules.  Restrictions are in effect from May 15 through September 15 of each year, and allow residents to use water outdoors only on even or odd-numbered calendar days, corresponding with the last digit of their house number.  Zero is considered an even number.  Outdoor water use includes use on lawns, gardens, trees, shrubs and for washing vehicles.  A special permit for watering newly installed sod, valid for two weeks, can be obtained at the Public Works Department at City Hall.

 

In addition to the above restrictions, as of May 15, 2016, lawn sprinkling shall not occur in the middle of the any day, from noon to 6 p.m., when evaporation is at its highest.  New lawns (less than 3 months old) may be exempted from this provision

 

 Call 847-318-5228 for more information.



 
 
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