Don’t waste water

By on June 29, 2012

by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—Village officials want residents to know that watering their lawn is a waste of a precious resource. The village wants to emphasize that, with no rain of any consequence for a couple of months, it’s not wise to try to keep your lawn June green.

“Don’t water your grass. It will come back; it’s a natural resource,” Village President Dave Anderson said, and pointed to the lesson of a neighboring town. “Geneva recently pumped more water than ever in their history.”

Elburn’s rate of water pumped is also rising significantly. In April, Elburn pumped 11 million gallons of water. By May, it increased to 15 gallons, or more than a half-million gallons a day. Public Works Director John Nevenhoven said that June has surpassed that amount already.

“Running (sprinklers) midday doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. It’s a waste,” Nevenhoven said.

Because the hot midday sun burns off the water and renders sprinkling useless, residents are encouraged to get the most from their watering by running sprinklers from 6 to 9 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. alternating odd and even sides of the street. Public Works notified the public of the law in recent water bills. The restriction is in effect even when there is adequate rainfall.

If the lack of rain continues or too much water is pumped, the village will begin enforcing these restrictions.