That may be a big lake out there at Evanston’s doorstep, but the city urges residents to avoid wasting it.

Specifically, it’s a violation of city ordinances to water your lawn from May 15 through September 15 during daytime weekday hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a few exceptions, such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

Besides, watering during the heat of the day tends to be ineffective due to evaporation, according to Utilities Director David Stoneback.

By using the “great natural resource” of Lake Michigan responsibly, he says, we are better able to preserve the lake for future generations.

Violating the city ordinance can also cost you big bucks…up to $500 a day in fines.

In the event of an emergency water shortage, the city warns, the city manager can temporarily ban all nonessential water use for as long as the emergency shortage might exist.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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