As you may know, effective July 5, 2012, City Manager David Knapp instituted a complete ban on outdoor water sprinkling until further notice (click here for further info). Hand watering (watering cans, hand-held hoses) is still permitted. The ban is in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Please turn off automatic sprinkler systems to avoid a fine or water shut-off (Highland Park City Code Sec. 50.010) for sprinkler ban violations, and help reduce water production peaks by using high volume water appliances (washing machines, dish washers) during off-peak hours (before noon and after 6 p.m.).

Overdue infrastructure improvements at our water treatment plant combined with extreme heat and multiple days of insufficient rainfall mean that our plant has come close to exceeding capacity on numerous days over the last few weeks. Exceeding water plant capacity is prohibited under state and federal law. It also puts our water quality and supply, your public health and safety at risk. This is not an option.

Our capacity is 21 million gallons per day.  The City Manager works closely with staff at the water treatment plant to determine how to best meet our water needs.  The chart below illustrates our water treatment production since June 15, when we first instituted the sprinkler restrictions. You can see how closely we have come to exceeding capacity in the 21 days since the restrictions have been set.water production
The water treatment plant was built in 1929 with recurrent capacity and deferred maintenance issues over the last few years.  Consideration of plans to upgrade the plant have been underway (click here for this week’s HP News article) and the time has come to make the decision that will best meet our needs both now and for the future.

On Monday night, July 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm at City Hall in the pre-session room (click here for the agenda), we will continue the conversation about our long-planned water treatment plant upgrade project, which includes adding capacity.  Please join us. This meeting is open to the public.

For more information or questions, please call the City Manager’s Office at 847-926-1000.

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