With the arrival of hot summer weather, you may be thinking about putting some water on the lawn. But there are rules in Evanston about just when you can do that.
The city bans outdoor watering from May 15 through Sept. 15 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, except holidays..
The rationale for the time restriction is that watering is more effective — because less of the water evaporates — if it's done during the cooler hours of the day.
There's a ten-day exception to the watering ban for watering of newly laid sod or freshly sown seeds for new lawns.
The fine for watering violations ranges from $25 to $500 per day.
In the event of an emergency water shortage, the city manager can temporarily ban all nonessential water use for as long as the emergency lasts.