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Hot weather is driving water usage to a high point

electric vehicle (EV) charging stationsIn July, with temperatures in the 90s and a lack of rain, lawns and gardens are getting thirsty. Many residents of Northville are responding by watering on days and times that violate the outdoor water usage ordinance.

The City uses an odd/even watering system where homes with addresses that end in odd numbers can only water on odd days: 1st, 3rd, etc., while addresses that end in an even number can only water on even days: 2nd, 4th, etc. People with automatic sprinkler systems can only water between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m., following the odd/even rules. Those who water manually with a hose (not attached to a timer or connected to an underground irrigation system), can do so between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 a.m., also adhering to the odd/even rules.

Using sprinklers outside the permitted days/hours can lead to the City exceeding its contracted limits with the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA), which can result in a significant rate increase for all City of Northville water users.

Patrols are being made by both the police and Department of Public Works (DPW) to post warnings on the homes of people who are watering outside their required times/days. Continued watering outside of allowed days/hours will lead to the issuance of a civil infraction violation and associated fines and penalties ($50 first offense/$100 for subsequent offenses). For reference, view the ordinance on the website: (reference desk, code of ordinances, Sec. 86-48)

Keeping the lawn looking good

According to the Michigan State University Extension, lawns will survive this heat streak even if they turn brown for a period of time as they go dormant. Their website states, “The lack of significant rainfall across many areas of Michigan combined with high temperatures has resulted in turfgrass stress. Lawns that were soaking wet throughout much of April and early May have now turned brown.”

Because the vast majority of lawns in Michigan are primarily composed of Kentucky bluegrass, the lawn will remain hearty in high heat for an extended period. However, it does help the grass if you can water at least one-half inch to an inch per week when it doesn’t rain. While the grass is in a dormant stage, make sure you aren’t cutting it too short or during the hottest time of the day. Learn more about landscaping and lawn care on the extension’s website.



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