Thanks to public works professionals, clean water is available to us 24/7 in our homes and businesses. All you have to do is turn on your faucet. But water is a valuable resource that should not be wasted. Conserving water saves energy, benefits the environment, and can save you money on your water bill.
Outside Watering Restrictions
Outside water usage is restricted by ordinance from May 15th to September 15th each year to protect community water supplies during the high-usage summer months. Watering is allowed on odd or even calendar days, depending on your address, and is only allowed before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on those days. This includes grass or landscape watering, car washing and filling swimming pools. Watering with a watering can is allowed at any time. Residents with newly seeded or sodded yards may water for 14 consecutive days between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.
Under severe weather conditions, additional restrictions may be imposed temporarily. Residents with private wells are not subject to these restrictions, but we encourage the responsible use of non-essential water when conditions cause the water table to be low.
Water Usage Facts
Water devices within your home or business use water at different rates. Water usage rates for many typical ﬁxtures and appliances are listed below. You may be surprised at the amount of water some of these items use.
- Toilet: 3.5-6 gallons of water per flush
- Shower: 25-50 gallons per shower calculated at 5 gallons per minute (GPM)
- Sink Faucet: 1-3 gallons per minute
- Dishwasher: 20 gallons per run
- Washing Machine: 30-60 gallons per full cycle
- Lawn Sprinkler: 600 gallons per hour
- Small Leak: 20-170 gallons per day
- Large Leak: 1,000 gallons or more per day
Conservation of our natural resources, especially water, is critical for the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency states that the U.S. population has doubled over the past 50 years, and our thirst for water has tripled, making it even more crucial that we are consciously making an effort to protect our natural resources. Check out these quick tips to start conserving water today.
Water Meter Customer Portal
Lake County Public Works customers can monitor their water usage through the Water Meter Customer Portal. Taking advantage of this tool allows you to understand your water usage, conserve water, and may lead to savings. In the customer portal, you can:
- Set usage goals
- Receive alerts via text or email when you are about to reach your usage goals
- Compare your usage from month to month