Getting water usage under control
Posted on 06/19/2019
Restrictions apply to manual watering and underground sprinklers.The City has been assessed a 10 percent operating buffer for this year’s water rates, based on exceeding the maximum flow limits contracted with Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) for last summer. Peak water usage typically occurs at the beginning of summer and extends into September, depending on the weather. Last year, hot, dry conditions led to over watering by hundreds of homeowners.

For residents, new water rates that take effect on July 1 are $10.05 per unit (1,000 gallons) and sewer rates are $7.15 per unit. Combined, it’s about a $1.18 per unit increase over last year’s rates.

“The penalty ($130,000) contributes to the higher rates being charged this year,” said DPW Director Loyd Cureton. “The most effective way to reduce the 10 percent operating buffer we have is to control the City’s lawn irrigation.”

The City will be vigilant in monitoring water usage and ticketing homeowners found to be noncompliant to help ensure that water usage is within contracted amounts (without reaching the 10 percent buffer). The peak amount is based on how much water is used in any one hour and on any one day.

Residents with underground irrigation systems (automatic sprinkling systems) may only water their grass between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. on odd or even days based on the address of your house. If your address ends on an even number, e.g. 2994, you can water on the 2nd, 4th, 6th, etc. If your address ends with an odd number, e.g. 2993, you can water on the 1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.

For residents who water their lawns and gardens manually with a hose, you may only water between the hours of 11 a.m. to midnight on odd or even days based on the address of your house (see example above).

Residents who ignore these restrictions will be committing a civil infraction and issued a ticket. Tickets are $50 for the first offense and $100 for repeat offenses. Please remember to follow these restrictions in order to meet the City’s water system demands, save money, and conserve this essential natural resource.