VB approves changes in water use restrictions

By on June 7, 2013

ELBURN—With summer close at hand, Elburn residents should take note of the village’s current and modified water use restrictions

The Elburn Village Board on Monday approved several changes to the village ordinance, which will bring the current ordinance in line with guidelines established by the Northwest Water Planning Alliance (NWPA), a regional alliance of five counties and roughly 80 municipalities.

The changes include the prohibition of laying sod, lawn seeding and new landscaping from July 1 through Aug. 31. Residents must still obtain a permit for sod laying and seeded lawn installation. Also new is the prohibition of the use of pumps or other mechanical devices to remove water from any village stormwater pond.

Currently, a number of residents have set up pumps along village stormwater ponds to obtain water for their personal use. According to trustee Jeff Walter, there are a number of issues with this practice, not the least of which is allowing a few residents to utilize a publicly-owned asset. In addition, he said there is a concern regarding the effect of draining the ponds on the rest of the water system, as well as just the aesthetics of the situation.

The modifications also give the village president the power to issue additional restrictions when the water supply has been affected by a prolonged dry period or drought, increased water demand or other causes.

Time restrictions for watering are still in effect, with even-numbered homes allowed to water on even numbered days and homes with odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered days. Watering is allowed between 6 and 9 a.m. and between 6 and 9 p.m. Watering with a handheld hoses or watering cans, washing cars, and filling wading and swimming pools under 50 gallons are not time or day restricted.

The NWPA is encouraging all municipalities within the area to implement similar water restrictions, especially as the use of water impacts shared groundwater aquifers.