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Lawn Watering Restrictions

Watering Restrictions Take Effect May 15 - "Sprinkler-Free Mondays"

Beginning May 15, the Department of Natural Resources and City ordinance state that sprinkling restrictions are in effect through September 15.  This new regulation applies to both automated irrigation systems and manual sprinklers. If you own an automated irrigation system, it can be easily programmed.

  • Even-Numbered Addresses (i.e. 808 Smith Street) may sprinkle from midnight - 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. - midnight on: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • Odd-Numbered Addresses (i.e. 809 Smith Street) may sprinkle from midnight - 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. - midnight on: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
  • Sprinkling between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. is NOT allowed because water put on lawns during these hours is quickly evaporated by the afternoon sun.  Additionally, night time irrigation during the summer months “drain” the City’s water reserves, and the water plant needs the time during the following day to build those reserves back up.  Irrigation may occur from midnight until 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. until midnight on assigned days.
  • Property owners should make sure that irrigation systems are programmed to comply with these regulations.  Newly installed lawns and landscaping, exempt from these restrictions, may be watered daily for a reasonable period after installation.

The restrictions allow for half of the residents of Lake Forest to water every day.  However, in the event of drought or an emergency water shortage, the City may impose further summer outside water use restrictions.  For additional information about water restrictions, please contact John Gulledge at 847-810-4650 or Becky Pocasangre at 847-810-3543.

220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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