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Be aware of outdoor water use restrictions during hot, dry weather
The City’s Department of Public Works reminds homeowners that automatic sprinkler systems should be set to run between midnight and 5 a.m., when water usage is at low levels, and no more frequently than every other day. During peak water usage hours of 5 a.m. to 11 a.m., residents should not be watering their yards or landscape with a hose. Residents can water their outdoor areas from 11 a.m. to midnight with a hose.
The ordinance also states that household numbers that end with an even number can water on even days of the month, while odd numbered households can water on odd days of the month.
The City of Northville’s water is supplied by the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA). Charges are based, in part, on how much water a community uses and when it uses its water.
“Without mandatory watering restrictions, most people water early in the morning and then again during the evening,” Gallogly said. “With most people watering their lawns in the summer during peak times, it becomes difficult for GLWA to keep up with water demand, which can be vastly more than normal. There have been times in years past, when restrictions weren’t in place, that residents could not get the amount of water they needed during those peak water usage times.”
People who violate the policy and don’t comply with the ordinance after an initial warning will be issued a ticket for $50; repeat offenses will cost $100.