Irrigation Restrictions

Irrigation Restrictions

Why Lawn Watering Regulations?
In order to minimize the yearly increases in our water rates, the Township and Detroit Water and Sewerage Department have reviewed the factors that affect our water usage. Several factors greatly affect the water rates (cost of water) for our residents. The distance from the water treatment plant and the change in elevation from the water treatment plant to our residents are significant factors in our water rates. Unfortunately, these factors cannot be modified.

Use patterns, or more specifically, peak hour usage is another major component in determining our water rates. Fortunately, we can effect change in this area. By stabilizing our usage and removing the peaks we experience in the summer months, we can reduce the increase in our water rates. For this reason, the Township has revised its ordinances to restrict lawn watering during the peak hours.

The Township’s lawn watering regulations applies to those irrigating (MOST OF RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL USERS) using the public water system. It does not apply to those who irrigate from wells or ponds.

Download a brochure [PDF] with more information about Water Restrictions.

Irrigation Restriction FAQs

Q: My irrigation controller cannot be programmed to irrigate on the odd/even dates. What can I do to mitigate this?
A:
Please notify the department of your desired schedule and request a variance. You can set your program to irrigate three or four times per week (M W F) or (S T T S) while still irrigating starting at 12:00 AM and completing by 6:00 AM.

Q: I'm concerned that watering only at night might promote lawn disease.
A:
Prolonged watering at night may promote disease. To minimize this possibility do not water excessively. Also, scheduling watering at the end of the nighttime period will result in daylight approaching during the watering period.

Q: Am I permitted to run my system during a daytime period to inspect the operation of my sprinkler heads?
A:
Yes, you may test your system during the day, however please refrain from testing between the hours of 6:00AM and 10:00AM.

Q: What does the township use the fines that are collected from violators?
A:
These fines are used to pay for prosecution costs.

Q: What if a power failure results in changing my programming to cause watering on days that violate the ordinance?
A:
You are responsible to maintain the appropriate schedule. If a power failure results in changes to your program, you are requested to correct within 24 hours of the power failure occurrence.

Q: How is this new ordinance being publicized?
A:
Each water customer receives a flier that explains the ordinance. Each customer will also receive a reminder in the mail. The new requirements are posted on our website.