Village Adopts Water Conservation Ordinance

The Village of Combined Locks has adopted Ordinance 9-1-54 to preserve, conserve, and limit water use for lawns, grass, outside plants, trees, shrubs, and similar plants. The ordinance was adopted to help conserve one of our most precious assets:  The supply of safe water that is available for our consumption.

The water conservation ordinance is effective June 1st thru September 30th of each year.

Under provisions of the ordinance, all properties with even numbered mailing addresses shall be permitted to make such use of water for the outside purposes described above on even-numbered calendar days before 11:00am and after 6:00pm.  There shall be absolutely no such use of water between 11:00am and 6:00pm.

Under provisions of the ordinance, all properties with odd numbered mailing addresses shall be permitted to make such use of water for the outside purposes described above on odd-numbered calendar days before 11:00am and after 6:00pm. There shall be absolutely no such use of water between 11:00am and 6:00pm.

The exceptions to the code are as follows:

  1. Newly seeded and newly sod lawns may be watered every day for not more than 30 days, but only before 11:00am and after 6:00pm upon the issuance of a permit from the Village of Combined Locks.  Permits may be obtained from the municipal clerk's office during normal business hours.
  2. Hand held devices and children's water toys:  Lawns, trees, shrubs, and other outside plants may be watered by hand-held devices, such as sprinkling cans, sprayers, hoses (when hand-held), on any day at any time. Children's water toys may be used at any time.
  3. The Village Board may grant permits for water usage outside of the restrictions imposed herein in unique circumstances.
  4. Emergency:  Whenever in the opinion of the Village Board, a necessity to limit water exists due to weather conditions, water usage, electrical power outages, or other causes, the Village Board may for such time as the necessity for water limitation exists, issue orders and regulations, suspend permits, alter days and hours, impose additional terms and conditions, and prevent usage of water.