Village of Orland Park to Monitor Water Usage - Evening Hours Only - Odd/Even Address System

Village of Orland Park to Monitor Water Usage - Evening Hours Only - Odd/Even Address System
Posted on 07/09/2012

The Village of Orland Park reminds water customers to follow the village's current outdoor water use restrictions with sprinkling permitted during evening hours from 7pm until 11pm only, according to the odd/even address system.

"There was an interruption in water service during a scheduled maintenance project that affected the upstream Oak Lawn water supply," explained Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "Some communities saw their reservoir levels drop to less than 50 percent, causing some towns to completely ban outdoor water sprinkling so they can recharge their water storage," the mayor said.

Limiting sprinkling to evening hours only, according to address, will remain in effect in the Village of Orland Park. Homes and businesses with addresses ending in even numbers, 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8, may sprinkle during the evening hours of 7pm to 11pm on even numbered days only. Those with addresses ending with odd numbers may sprinkle during the evening hours of 7pm to 11pm on odd numbered days only.

"We will continue to closely monitor the supply and demand in the coming days," McLaughlin said. Should water use outpace the supply in the coming days and weeks, the Village of Orland Park will consider tighter restrictions to ensure that water reserves are at levels necessary to handle any emergencies that may arise."

Residents and businesses are strongly encouraged to skip watering cycles during this expended period of heat and drought so that water is conserved for its most important uses.

"We've had an especially hot, dry summer and we're asking for everyone's cooperation as we work together to conserve water so it's available for emergency situations," McLaughlin said. "The village appreciates everyone's help so far and we do ask that people skip a cycle or two to enable the system to replenish itself," he added.

According to the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Services, lawns are equipped for hot, dry conditions. Instead of wilting and dying like many plants, they simply go dormant if they've been established for a year.

Those violating the village's water usage provisions are subject to fines of $750 for each offense. Each day of violation and each violating location shall be considered a separate offense.

Further information about the Village of Orland Park's outdoor water use restrictions is available by calling the Public Works Department at 403-6350 or visiting the Village's website at www.orland-park.il.us .