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The following water restrictions are in place for city of joliet water customers year-round per city of joliet code of ordinances, sec 31-126:

  • You may only water your lawn between 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m or 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at even numbered addresses on even numbered days and at odd numbered addresses on odd numbered days. No watering is allowed at all at even numbered addresses on odd numbered days or at odd numbered addresses on even numbered days. There is no watering allowed outside the hours mentioned above.

  • The only exceptions to this are homeowners or businesses who have already laid sod so as not to cause them adverse financial damages. Those homeowners who have already laid sod will be restricted the same as other water customers when their previously issued sod permits expire.

  • The city of joliet is asking for your cooperation in not watering your lawn outside of the restricted hours. These restrictions are necessary to maintain water reserves for public health needs and fire protection.

  • Lawn watering is being restricted because of the large volumes of water used. There is no restriction in filling swimming pools, watering trees, shrubs, flowers or vegetable gardens. 

  • Tips from the university of illinois cooperative extension service advise to: 

    • Water thoroughly so moisture gets down to the depth of the root
    • Water early in the day when lawns are normally wet from dew 
    • Avoid midday due to evaporation 
    • Avoid watering at night due to potential increased chance of disease 
    • Avoid frequent watering, which promote shallower root systems & weeds

  • An important decision to make is either to water lawns consistently as needed throughout summer or let lawns go dormant as conditions turn warm and dry.

    • Do not rotate back and forth between watering and not watering
    • Breaking dormancy actually drains large amounts of food reserves from plants