In Effect Annually Between May 15 and September 15
Water conservation measures were adopted by the Village of Homer Glen on
May 30, 2006.
Refer to Full Ordinance below for exceptions
Briefly, water from a Water Distribution System may only be used for the
watering or sprinkling of gardens, lawns, shrubs and other outdoor plants, as
- All properties with even numbered street numbers
(i.e., numbers ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8) may use water system distributed water
for landscape watering on even numbered calendar dates.
- All properties with odd numbered street numbers
(i.e., numbers ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) may use water system distributed water
for landscape watering on odd numbered calendar dates.
- Watering is not restricted to any specific time of day.
- In addition to any other remedies available to the Village, any person found
to have violated any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall, upon conviction,
be fined as follows:
First Offense: Not more than $150.00
Second Offense: Not less than $250.00
Each subsequent offense: Not more than
A separate violation of this Ordinance shall be deemed to have been committed
on each day during which a violation occurs or is
permitted to continue.
An Ordinance Implementing Water Conservation Measures in the Village of Homer
WHEREAS, the Village Board recognizes the critical importance of the
maintenance and conservation of local water resources; and
WHEREAS, drought conditions in 2005 as well as moderated drought conditions
which continue to exist due to the large deficit in normal precipitation amounts
have impacted local water resources; and
WHEREAS, the Village Board believes it to be in the best interest of the
Village to implement conservation initiatives and measures to help prevent
excessive uses and demands on local water resources which constitute the
Village?s potable water supply.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE PRESIDENT AND VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OF THE VILLAGE OF HOMER GLEN, WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS, THAT:
Section 1: Recitals
The foregoing recitals are hereby incorporated into this Ordinance as if
fully set forth herein.
Section 2: Definitions
The following words and phrases when used in this Ordinance shall for the
purpose of this Ordinance have the following meanings:
- Drip-Irrigation System:
A soaking hose that when in use does not result in an actual dissipation of
Pertaining to a tree or shrub, the ground area immediately beneath the branches
of the tree or shrub.
Gardens, lawns, trees, shrubs, and other living plants, excluding new Sod and
Seed Turf Lawns.
Any individual, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company,
organization, or entity of any kind.
- Sod and/or Seeded Turf Lawns:
Areas of mowed or cultivated grass species, including but not limited to rye
grass, fescue, bentgrass, Bermuda, and/or zoysiagrass, exceeding 100 square feet
The Village of Homer Glen.
The water provided by and obtained by a person from a water supply system
operated by the Village or any third person.
- Water Distribution System:
A water supply distribution system operated by the Village or a third person
which provides potable water service through water lines and mains within the
Village of Homer Glen.
Section 3: Application [Who and When]
- The provisions of this Article shall apply to all persons using water, and
to all properties within the Village which are connected to a Water Distribution
- The provisions of this Ordinance shall apply annually from May 15th through
September 15th, subject to modifications hereof by an Emergency Proclamation.
Section 4: Restricted Days for Specified Water Uses
- Except as may be otherwise imposed in the event of an Emergency
Proclamation, there shall be no restrictions as to days when water from a Water
Distribution System may be used for the following:
- Landscape watering or sprinkling where such watering or sprinkling is done
by a person using a handheld watering device;
- The automatic watering of trees and shrubs by means of automatic root feed
or drip-irrigation within the drip line of the tree or shrub;
- Vehicle and equipment washing; or
- Any other lawful use of water from the water distribution system such as
bathing, clothes washing, and other normal household uses not otherwise
specifically restricted by the provisions of this Ordinance.
- Water from a Water Distribution System may only be used for the watering or
sprinkling of gardens, lawns (except sod and seeded turf lawns planted or
installed in the then current year as hereinafter provided), shrubs and other
outdoor plants (collectively ?landscape?), as follows:
- All properties with even numbered street numbers (i.e., numbers ending in 0,
2, 4, 6, 8) may use water system distributed water for landscape watering on
even numbered calendar dates.
- All properties with odd numbered street numbers (i.e., numbers ending in 1,
3, 5, 7, 9) may use water system distributed water for landscape watering on odd
numbered calendar dates.
- Restrictions for Sod Laying and Lawn Seeding for New Lawns - Notwithstanding
the restrictions set forth in Section 4b of this Ordinance, water from the Water
Distribution System may be used for establishment of sod and/or seeded turf
lawns planted in the then current year for a period of forty-five (45) days
after the sod is laid or the seed is planted.
Section 5: Waste of Water
No person shall allow a continuous stream of water to run off into any
gutter, ditch, drain, or street inlet while using water for restricted purposes
during the Permitted Hours of Water Use.
Section 6: Exceptions
The provisions of this Ordinance shall not apply to any commercial or
industrial entity for which use of water is necessary to continue normal
business operations, or to maintain stock or inventory, provided, however, this
exception shall not apply to any uses of water not essential to normal business
operations or the maintenance of inventory or stock or landscape watering.
Section 7: Emergency Proclamation
Whenever the water supply of the Village is diminished from any cause,
including, but not limited to, prolonged dry period, increased water demand,
equipment failure, or water quality concerns, to an amount which in the opinion
of the Village Manager is or is likely to become dangerous to the health and
safety of the public, the Village President, Village Manager or his designee is
hereby authorized and empowered to issue an Emergency Proclamation in the form
of a notice containing other additional regulations or restrictions on the use
of water from the water distribution system. Upon issuing such Proclamation, the
Village President, Village Manager or his designee shall make the contents
thereof known to the public by news release to the local newspapers and radio
media and may also notify the citizens in any other practical manner that shall
be devised. Further, the Village President, Village Manager or his designee
shall immediately notify all members of the Village Board of the nature of the
emergency and the regulations that have been imposed. The Emergency Proclamation
of the Village President, Village Manager or his designee and the regulations
imposed thereby, shall remain in full force and effect until the Village
President, Village Manager or his designee determines that the emergency no
longer exists or until the Village Board modifies, repeals or makes permanent
the Emergency Proclamation, and the regulations imposed thereby, by means of
ordinance passed at any regular or special meeting of the Village Board.
Section 8: Penalties/Enforcement
In addition to any other remedies available to the Village, any person found
to have violated any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall, upon conviction
thereof, be fined in an amount of not more than One Hundred Fifty Dollars
($150.00) for a first offense, and not less than Two Hundred Fifty Dollars
($250.00) and not more than Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00) for each
subsequent offense. A separate violation of this Ordinance shall be deemed to
have been committed on each day during which a violation occurs or is permitted
to continue. The Village shall have the right to file legal action to enjoin
activities which are in violation of the provisions of this Ordinance.
Section 9: Severability
The various portions of this Ordinance are hereby expressly declared to be
severable, and the invalidity of any such portion of this Ordinance shall not
affect the validity of any other portions of this Ordinance, which shall be
enforced to the fullest extent possible.
Section 10: Repealer
All ordinances or portions of ordinances previously passed or adopted by the
Village of Homer Glen that conflict with or are inconsistent with the provisions
of this Ordinance are hereby repealed.
Section 11: Effective Date
This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage