Lawn irrigation rules adopted by the city in March are in effect for Evanston from May 15 through September 15, to conform with new requirements of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

First of all, you should forget about watering your lawn on any day of the week at any address between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Otherwise, watering is only permitted for odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered dates and for even-numbered addresses on even-numbered dates.

Watering your garden, however, is exempt from the limits, as is watering for lawns for 90 days after new sod is laid or new lawn seed is sown.

For more information about the city’s lawn irrigation llimits, you may consult the city’s website.

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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  1. aren’t lake levels highest in 13 years?
    Didn’t I read a few days ago on this very website hour lake levels are way higher than normal and causing problems for our beaches? Shouldn’t we instead draw as much water as we can? 🙂

    1. The levels of the lake
      The levels of the lake fluctuate naturally and have nothing to do with how much water is being drawn out. As illustrated by the water cycle, any extra water that we use would eventually find its way back into the lake.

    2. Government at its finest

      We need to conserve water here because there are water shortages in our Western states. You could conclude, using government logic, that they should conserve sunshine since we don't seem to get enough of it here. Yeah, that should work !

      1. Water you talking about?
        The Great Lakes are under international treaty/Supreme court decree limiting withdrawal of water.

        Evanston has a per capita water use of around 100 gallons per day.

        We also sell our water to land locked neighbors to the west and northwest.

        Conservation reduces energy costs by reducing pumping, etc. (about 10% of cost)
        Conservation increases the amount that can be sold to these other communities, reducing the overhead costs (taxes) for Evanston.

        We need more sunshine on facts.

        1. This ordinance does NOTHING for water consumption
          This ordinance does not penalize you for excessive water usage – just for watering your lawn on a wrong day. And that could be accomplished with a seasonal progressive rate surcharge on water consumption. And let’s watch the circus of trying to pass that through a Public Utilities Commission.

          So somebody who’s watering their lawn once a week can be in violation, while somebody who’s doing the same every other day is OK?

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