Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Outdoor Water Usage Governed By Days and Hours; Orland Park Water Conservation in Effect Year Round

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Village of Orland Park Media Relations
Frederick T. Owens Village Hall
14700 South Ravinia Avenue - Orland Park, IL 60462

MEDIA CONTACT:            Ed Wilmes
                                          Director of Public Works

Outdoor Water Usage Governed By Days and Hours
Orland Park Water Conservation in Effect Year Round

ORLAND PARK, ILOrland Park’s Water Conservation Program is in effect throughout the year, with outdoor water use restricted according to address from May 15 to September 15.
“We’re asking everyone to water only when necessary and only according to their odd or even address,” said Orland Park Public Works Director Ed Wilmes.  “All water customers should make sure their sprinkler heads are properly adjusted and water just enough to keep plants and grass moist,” Wilmes said. “If it’s raining or has recently rained, sprinkler systems should be turned off. Needless watering wastes earth’s most precious resource and it’s not good for the plants,” he added.

Lawn sprinkling and outdoor water usage is permitted from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. according to building’s address. Buildings or homes with addresses ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 may only water on even numbered days during the permitted hours. Those with addresses ending in odd numbers, 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 may only water on odd numbered days during the permitted hours.

Regulated outdoor water usage includes all lawn and garden sprinkling or underground irrigation systems for residential and commercial properties, all non-commercial car washing, residential pool maintenance and other similar uses.  Exclusions include water used for construction or building renovation purposes, commercial car-wash operations or filling of swimming pools.                 

With a special permit, newly sodded lawns may be watered daily, but still within the 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. times.  Applications are available from the Public Works Department by calling (708)403-6350 or on-line at www.orland-park.il.us.

Those violating the village’s water usage provisions are subject to fines up to $750 for each offense. Each day of violation and each violating location shall be considered a separate offense.

Questions regarding lawn sprinkling or outdoor water usage in the Village of Orland Park may be directed to the Public Works Department at 403-6350.

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