Saturday, July 21, 2012
Huntley To Begin Ticketing For Watering Violations Today
Huntley's currently on "Code Yellow", an even/odd morning and evening-only watering regime. The Village has no further restrictions, for instance, evenings-only, between that and nothing at all. "If voluntary measures do not significantly reduce water usage, the Village will have to move to Code Red status," read a late Friday Huntley release which observed that the National Weather Service expects present severe drought conditions to last at least through October.
Officials said lawn watering is still the biggest demand on the Village water system and complained half of it's wasted through overwatering or evaporation. Friday's release included the following voluntary water conservation measures:
* Keeping drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cold
* Taking shorter showers
* Washing only full loads of dishes and clothes
* Shutting off the faucet while brushing teeth
* Repairing leaky toilets and faucets
* Adjusting lawn sprinkler systems to limit watering to no more than twice a week
* Limiting or eliminating outdoor water use on the weekends
* Using a more efficient soaker hose for watering plants
* Limiting hand car washes or using commercial washes that recycle water
* Eliminating hosing down of sidewalks, patios, driveways, or other hard surfaces
* Using a pool cover to reduce evaporation when the pool is in use
Officials said until today the Village had only been issuing warnings for watering violations. Algonquin started ticketing for watering violations in that Village Thursday.
Weather forecasters said they expected temps 100 degrees or higher again Monday.