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Enjoy Summer While Observing Village Watering Regulations

July/August 2015

By Rob Durning, Director of Community Services


It’s summertime, and that means that it’s that time of year again when we need to pay attention to conserving water on outdoor uses. The following explains the Village regulations, according to our Municipal Code:

HOURLY PERIODS FOR OUTSIDE USE OF WATER

  1. Between May 15 and September 15 of each year it shall be unlawful for any person to draw water, whether from the village’s water system or from shallow wells of five hundred feet (500’) or less, for filling swimming pools or for the sprinkling, watering or irrigation of lawns, ground cover, or gardens, if such water use occurs between the hours of ten o’clock (10:00am) and five o’clock (5:00pm), except as follows:
    1. Handheld sprinkling devices such as garden hoses used to water grass, flowers, vegetables or shrubbery shall be exempt from the provisions of this section. The term “handheld sprinkling devices” shall exclude any automatic irrigation system or any mechanical device designed for dispensing water which is attached to a garden hose or water outlet and set to run continuously or on a timed cycle.
    2. Newly sodded or seeded areas of lawns may be watered at any time on any day for the two (2) week period following the installation of such sod/seed.
    3. This section does not apply to water drawn from deep wells of more than five hundred feet (500’) or retention ponds located on nonresidential property in the village.
    4. This section does not apply to the continuous replenishment of water in a swimming pool to maintain water levels after the pool is filled. (Ord. 10-9-21, 9-21-2010)
  2. Any person or property owner violating any provision hereof shall be fined not less than twenty five dollars ($25.00) for each offense occurring on residential property and not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each offense occurring on nonresidential property. (Ord. 96-7-13, 7-16-1996)

REGULATIONS OF WATER USE DURING EMERGENCIES

The village president, with the verbal consent of the chairman of the sewer and water committee of the board of trustees, or if said chairman is not immediately available for consultation, the village president, with the verbal consent of three (3) members of the board of trustees, or if the village president is for any reason unavailable to act, any trustee with the verbal consent of two (2) other members of the board of trustees is authorized to declare an emergency and to issue emergency water conservation regulations under the following terms and conditions:

  1. When said village officials deem that because of breakage of any main trunk, branches, service pipes or any part or portion of said system, or because of an inadequate water supply or inadequate facilities for distribution of water, or when the overall demand upon the village water supply system is so great as to endanger the public health, safety and welfare of the residents of the village.
  2. Under said circumstances said officials are authorized to declare an emergency and to issue emergency water conservation regulations limiting and prohibiting the use of water from the village water mains for use in air conditioning, swimming pools and the sprinkling, watering or irrigation of lawns, ground cover or gardens.
  3. All emergency regulations issued by the president of the board of trustees shall be in writing and shall be distributed to each residence affected by the emergency regulation by placing a copy of the emergency regulation in the mailbox of each residence. In the alternative, such emergency regulations may be published once in a newspaper having general circulation in the village. Said emergency regulations shall be effective upon delivery of the notice to residents if such manner of notice is followed and shall be effective otherwise upon publication. (Ord. 80-3-1, 3-17-1980)
    1. Restrictions on the use of private wells not connected to the village water system, including, but not limited to, a ban on all outside the home water use, when the village president has determined that restrictions are necessary because of drawing down of such wells or other conditions that endanger the public health, safety and welfare of residents of the village. (Ord. 88-6-11,

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