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Water Ban: South Suburbs Prohibit Outdoor Sprinkling

Don't water those lawns! Until further notice, Mokena, New Lenox and Tinley Park have banned outdoor sprinkling.

Municipalities in Chicago's south suburbs are implementing full bans on outdoor sprinkling until further notice.

The villages of , and have announced emergency bans of all outdoor sprinkling, effective immediately, according to the Mokena and Tinley Park websites. 

According to the Village of Mokena website, the ban is "required at this time in order to restore reserves to levels necessary to respond to potential emergencies such as fires and water main breaks."

"Your cooperation is essential," the website states. 

The Tinley Park website's home page states that outdoor sprinkling at any time is prohibited. 

Last night, Oak Lawn Patch reported a . Oak Lawn purchases Lake Michigan water from the City of Chicago and sells it to a dozen municipal customers including Orland Park, Orland Hills, Oak Forest, Mokena, Tinley Park, the Paloses, Chicago Ridge, Matteson and New Lenox.

As of 8:30 p.m. Saturday, the websites for other municipalities did not indicate whether a full ban would take place. Previously, these towns along the . 

Outdoor sprinkling at any time is prohibited until further notice. Stay tuned to Patch for updates. 

Mike July 09, 2012 at 02:57 PM
All you folks in Mokena should call your Congressman, Bobby Rush. This whole water thing is Bush's fault (as the Obamanites would say).
Dan Kline July 09, 2012 at 05:21 PM
The hell with calling or writing- it's time to get the torches and pitchforks! Ride them out on a rail- tarred and feathered. Enough already. Let them eat cake. "We want our city hall green and lush- let your expensive plants die so ours look pretty."
DR- Mokena July 09, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I'm going to use my slip & slide this afternoon.
Michael Sewall July 09, 2012 at 06:02 PM
UPDATE: New Lenox is lifting the full ban and will return to Tier 1 watering restrictions (even/odd between 7-11 a.m.). I'll have an updated article later.
Ann Piasecki July 11, 2012 at 06:09 PM
When asked about watering the Village Hall campus in mid-afternoon while a Tier I restriction was underway, New Lenox Village Administrator Kurt Carroll responded with a statement. "The Village Hall sprinkler has been reset to match the Tier 1 watering restrictions. It was adjusted immediately after it had been brought to our attention."

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