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Drought Continues, But Mind Your Watering Habits

City water regulations remain in force until Aug. 31.

With extreme heat back in the forecast and rain remaining elusive, you may be tempted to water your lawn or garden. But remember, the St. Charles water conservation ordinance is in effect until Aug. 31.

The ordinance regulates days and times portable sprinklers and in-ground sprinkling systems (not hand held hoses) may be used.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, all of Illinois is in some level of drought conditions. St. Charles and the Chicago area are listed as experiencing "moderate drought" conditions.

Some rain is the in the forecast—including the potential for thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday. But the seven-day forecast from the NSW-Chicago shows nothing but dry and hot weather after that through the weekend.

Watering Time Limits          

  • Even numbered addresses may sprinkle on even-numbered days, from midnight- 9 a.m. and 6 - 10 p.m.
  • Odd numbered addresses may sprinkle on odd- numbered days, from midnight- 9 a.m. and 6 - 10 p.m.

“The ordinance promotes responsible use of the underground aquifers that supply all of our water needs,” John Lamb, city environmental services manager said in a release. “It also moderates peak use periods to make the best use of our existing infrastructure.”

Sprinkling is not allowed on any day between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., or 10 p.m. and midnight, from May 1 through August 31. If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at 377-4405.

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