Village Asks Water Customers to Follow Sprinkling Guidelines

Village Asks Water Customers to Follow Sprinkling Guidelines
Posted on 06/13/2012

The Village of Orland Park's Water Conservation Program is in effect year round. Lawn sprinkling is only permitted between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., throughout the entire year.

From May 15 to September 15 of each year, peak water conservation measures are in effect, permitting lawn sprinkling on an odd-even address basis only.

"We're asking that everyone follow the peak conservation measures because of the hot, dry weather that we've had," said village Infrastructure Maintenance Director John Ingram.

Homes and businesses with addresses ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8, may sprinkle between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. only on even-numbered days. Homes and businesses with addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 may sprinkle between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. only on odd-numbered days.

"While our new reservoir has put us in a much better position than we would have been a few years ago, we still need to take precautions with no rain in the immediate forecast," Ingram said.

"The lack of rain has made a lot of people water their lawns. This has caused a higher than normal use of water over the last several days. By reducing outdoor water use, water reserves can be replenished, reducing pressure on the water system," he explained.

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.

In general, cool season grasses need about one inch of water per week to maintain green color and active growth.

"This is why we're asking everyone to curtail their daily sprinkling routines and wait a few days between using outdoor sprinklers," Ingram said, adding, "Even small reductions mean we may not have to advance to mandatory outdoor water bans to preserve the water supply with not having any recent rain."

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.

The Village of Orland Park is notifying residents of the watering restrictions through the local media, the village website, cable television and the village's social media outlets, including Facebook and Twitter.

Further information about sprinkling restrictions in Orland Park is available by calling the Public Works Department at 708/403-6350.