An Evanston city ordinance pertaining to the watering of your lawn goes into effect from May 15 through September 15.

During that period, lawn irrigation is only permitted for odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered dates and for even-numbered addresses on even-numbered dates. No lawn irrigation is permitted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on any day of the week at any address.

The ordinance only applies to lawn irrigation. Garden watering is exempt from the limits.

If you happen to have an underground lawn sprinkling system, the state plumbing code requires all such systems to be tested and certified annually.

“To ensure your system will be certified by the May 15 due date, please contact your Cross Connection Control Device Inspector,” the city advises.

You can also monitor your water consumption with your computer through the WaterSmart software portal that is accessible on the city’s website.

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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