The City of Evanston reminds residents that an outdoor watering ban exists from May 15 through September 15 during daytime weekday hours. The City Code (7-12-14-2) does not allow for any person, firm or corporation to use water for the sprinkling or irrigation of lawns or gardens on weekdays (Monday through Friday) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. However, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and all weekends are excluded. An exception to the watering ban is allowed for a period of ten consecutive days for watering of newly laid sod or freshly sown seeds (for new lawns).

“Watering your plants between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is ineffective. Not only does the water tend to evaporate before it is absorbed by the plants, but plants just don’t absorb water as well during the heat of the day,” said Utilities Director David Stoneback. “Lake Michigan is a great natural resource – it is up to each one of us to act responsibly in our use of the water we take; this is just one example of how we preserve the lake for future generations.” More>>>