Village of Orland Park Prepares for Extreme Temperatures

Village of Orland Park Prepares for Extreme Temperatures
Posted on 06/26/2012

The Village of Orland Park is bracing for the predicted near 100 degree temperatures.

"The extreme weather conditions, with minimal rain in the forecast, have everyone's attention," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "We're asking for residents' help with water usage and that they check on elderly and disabled friends and neighbors to make sure they're okay," the mayor said.

Orland Park's Water Conservation Program, in effect annually from May 15 to September 15, permits outdoor water use from seven to eleven, both morning and night according to the Odd/Even Address System.

Homes with addresses ending with even numbers may sprinkle from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on even numbered days only. Those ending in odd numbers may sprinkle on odd numbered days, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. only.

During these extremely hot and dry conditions, residents are encouraged to skip a watering cycle so that water is conserved for its most important purposes.

The Orland Park Police Facility, at 15100 South Ravinia Avenue, is the village's designated cooling center.

"Those who need a cooling center should come to the Police Station and, if necessary, we can open other village buildings for those who need it," said Police Chief Tim McCarthy.

The village is notifying residents of the restricted outdoor water use and availability of cooling centers through the local media, its website, cable television and social media.

Residents are reminded to check on elderly and disabled neighbors, contacting the Village Clerk's Office at 403-6150 with concerns. After business hours, residents can call the Police Department's non-emergency number, 349-4111. If it is an emergency, residents should dial 9-1-1.

"We ask that everyone take a minute to check on those nearby who are elderly or disabled to make sure they're okay," McCarthy said. "If someone needs help, they can call the Clerk's Office to let them know," he added.

Updates during the current heat wave will appear on the village's website at www.orland-park.il.us and on the government access channels, Comcast Channel 4 and A T & T Channel 99.

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