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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Effective Immediately - The Village is enforcing a water usage schedule for conservation measures per Title 9-2-3 of the Village Code, whereby persons or entities owning or controlling property in the Village may use water for outdoor water sprinkling and/or other large consumption purposes on designated days and times.

This schedule shall commence on May 1 of each year and shall remain in effect until Sept 30, of each year. Unless otherwise provided, the following outdoor water usage schedule shall apply:

  • Outdoor water use is permitted between six o'clock (6:00) AM to ten o’clock (10:00) AM and between the hours of six o'clock (6:00) PM to ten o’clock (10:00) PM.

  • Odd number street addresses are permitted to water on odd days of the month.

  • Even number street addresses are permitted to water on even days of the month.

A few simple tips can make a difference in how much water you use indoors and outdoors. (reference: DuPage Water Commission website, www.dpwc.org)

Water Saving Tips Around the Home

  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clear debris from driveways, sidewalks, and patios.

  • Wash a car with a bucket and sponge. Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose so water doesn't run while you are washing the car. A free- flowing hose uses up to 300 gallons of water each hour.

  • Check for leaks. Look at pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings. Leaks waste a lot of water. Even a small leak in a garden hose may waste as much as 700 gallons per day.

  • Save 3 gallons of water per minute by turning off the water when brushing your teeth, shaving, etc. National averages indicate that indoors, about 70 percent of our water is used in the bathroom.

  • Check your toilet for leaks. Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If the coloring appears in the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a wasteful leak that should be repaired at once. Even a small leak can waste thousands of gallons a month.

  • Use your automatic washing machine for full loads only. It uses up to 60 gallons per load.

  • Consider changing to water saving plumbing. Low flush toilets and low flow showerheads seem to be the biggest water savers.

Water Saving Tips for Gardens and Lawns

  • Deep soak your lawn. Water about one inch once a week (twice if it's very hot for several days). Water infrequently, but thoroughly, so moisture soaks down to the roots. This creates deeper, healthier root systems that are more water-efficient and drought-tolerant.

  • Water early in the morning or late in the evening to reduce evaporation. Avoid watering on windy days. Position sprinklers so water doesn't land on paved areas and run off into storm drains.

  • Help soil hold water. Add organic materials such as compost or peat moss. Keep your lawn and garden weed-free. Weeds can rob plants of water and nutrients. Lay mulch three inches deep around trees and plants to retain moisture, slow evaporation, and discourage weed growth.

  • Consider installing drip irrigation systems around trees and shrubs. These systems allow water to flow slowly to the roots, encouraging strong, deep root systems. Drip systems also reduce evaporation.

  • If you don't have an automatic sprinkling system, use a kitchen timer or buy a sprinkler timer. You can waste a lot of water in a short time if you forget to turn off the sprinklers.

 

 

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