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Posted on: May 1, 2014

Summer Watering Restrictions May 15 - September 15

Watering Restriction

Orland Park’s Peak Water Conservation Program In Effect Through September 15 Outdoor Water Use Follows Odd/Even Address System.

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 outdoor water use on an odd-even address basis only. “Everyone needs to follow the peak water conservation measures --- homes, offices and businesses,” said Orland Park Director of Infrastructure Maintenance 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.

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 if we go without rain for a long stretch.”

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’s website, cable television and the village’s social media outlets, including Facebook and Twitter.

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

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