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In response to continuing dry weather conditions and unusually high-water demand associated with the drought, the Village of Pingree Grove is requesting your assistance with a voluntary odd-even watering restriction, effective immediately.
Village customers are requested to cease watering activity from 9am-6pm each day and restrict watering activity as described below.
Based on your home address, please use an odd-numbered/even-numbered system for watering (for example, if your address is 101 Pine Street, you would only water on an odd-numbered day).
The odd-even water restriction includes all outside water uses including sprinkling, filling swimming pools and use of garden hoses for any purpose. Watering of plants and flowers can still be accomplished by hand, utilizing a watering can.
This odd-even water restriction is in effect for Village users only. Residents that utilize a private well are not affected by this restriction, but it is recommended that they follow restrictions as well. The restriction applies to all residential, commercial, and industrial customers.
Customers with automatic lawn sprinklers are advised to adjust their systems accordingly to comply with the request. It should be noted that the Village’s 135-acre spray irrigation system is not sourced from drinking water, and actually utilizes reclaimed water generated from the waste water treatment plant.
Currently, the demand for water has escalated to 1 million gallons per day. The Director of Public Works has stated that the water restriction is necessary due to the continuing lack of rainfall and to reduce the Village’s peak water system demand resulting from the dry weather. He stressed the purpose of the voluntary odd-even water ban is to allow reasonable outside use and to avoid the necessity of a complete ban on outside water use if demand is allowed to rise unchecked. If demand is not reduced, it could exceed the Village’s pumping capacity and potentially impair water storage for fire protection and potable use (tap water) by users.
In the event a mandatory ban is enacted, enforcement action including written warnings and citations for subsequent violations would be implemented.
Customers with questions on the voluntary odd-even water ban, or for other water conservation tips, may contact the staff at the Municipal Center at 847-464-5533 x1511.