Water Conservation

water drop.jpgAs a recipient of Lake Michigan water, it is the Village of Lombard's responsibility to be good stewards of this finite natural resource. The use of water from Lake Michigan is strictly monitored by various organizations, and the facilities servicing the Chicagoland area are limited to the water they are allowed to take from the lake. Our water is delivered from Chicago to the DuPage Water Commission and from there it is distributed to member municipalities. All members have a maximum daily consumption that is allowed. To insure compliance with these guidelines the Village encourages our residents to do their part. Using water wisely today will guarantee an adequate supply for tomorrow!

You can do your part by.....

Check out Preserving Every Drop by the DuPage Water Commission. This website provides lots of information regarding water conservation including a calculator to figure out your water consumption.

Check out the Conservation @ Home program through the Conservation Foundation. This program is an extension of their existing homeowner education and watershed protection efforts, and encourages and recognizes property owners that protect and/or create yards that are environmentally friendly and conserve water.

The Village does its part by.....

Rain Barrel Grant
The Rain Barrel Grant program was created to encourage residents to conserve water.  Through this program the Village will reimburse residents for the purchase a rain barrel.  Rain barrels are excellent for outdoor watering use and at the same time allow residents to save on their water bill!

Watering Restrictions
The Village of Lombard follows an even/odd watering restriction. Even numbered addresses can water on even numbered days, and vice versa for odd. For example, if you live at 255 Wilson Avenue, you would be allowed to water on the 1st, the 3rd, etc. This restriction is in effect year round.
Behind the Scenes
The Village has in place several operational programs and resources to insure the least amount of water possible is lost through water main leaks and breaks. An annual leak detection survey is done, through which a portion of the Village is checked for leaks each year. The Village also uses a Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system which allows Village employees to monitor the water towers and pump stations through a computer. A large water main break can cause the water levels in the towers to fluctuate enough to set off an alarm. If a break has gone unreported, this alarm notifies personnel that there is most likely a break in a specific area and employees are dispatched to find it.

Residential and Commercial Watering Restrictions

So as to comply with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Water Allocation Rules and Regulations, as amended effective November 18, 2014, and subject to subsection (B) below, relative to the imposition of additional emergency Lake Michigan water use restrictions, commencing from May 15 th through September 15 th of each year, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to use Lake Michigan water for the sprinkling or irrigation of lawns or gardens (hereinafter "Outdoor Watering") on any day of the week, except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. or between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. In addition, commencing from May 15 th through September 15 th of each year, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to use Lake Michigan water for outdoor watering other than on an odd/even basis (on odd calendar days if the last digit in the street address is odd, or on even calendar days if the last digit in the street address is even). Finally, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, using Lake Michigan water in relation to a property with an odd address, to use Lake Michigan water on both the 31 st day of May, July and/or August and on the 1 st day of the next month, for outdoor watering; the intent being to prohibit the use of Lake Michigan water for outdoor watering on consecutive days. New lawns, which are less than three months old, shall be exempt from the foregoing restrictions.