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Water Conservation
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In order to maintain a safe water supply for health, fire protection and environmental purposes, the Village of Tinley Park follows crucial water conservation measures every calendar year.

Between May 15 and September 15, outdoor water use only is allowed from 7 to 11 a.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. on odd or even dates based on your address number.

Residents who are unsure of which days they can and cannot water should call the Tinley Park Public Works Department at (708) 444-5500.

The Village provides water to the Tinley Service Area, which comprises the following Villages: Tinley Park, New Lenox, Mokena and Orland Hills. The service area of the Village of Tinley Park consists of more than 23,000 homes and businesses through a system of reservoirs, pumps and computers that manage the flow of water.

Typically, the Tinley Service Area pumps about nine million gallons of water every day, of which the Village consumes 5.58 million gallons. During the hottest summer days, however, pumpage can reach as high as 18 million gallons, of which the Village consumes 11.12 million gallons. This is why it is important to maintain at least 50 percent of capacity in the water storage system to ensure safe drinking water and proper fire protection capabilities.

Should weather conditions warrant implementation of the Village's next levels of water conservation measures, residents will be notified with color-coded signs that will be placed in the Village.

Conserving Water Inside Your Home
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Here are some ways to limit indoor water use, which helps the environment and lowers your water bills:

  • Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. A leaky faucet can waste up to 2,000 gallons of water per year. A leaky toilet wastes more than 200 gallons of water per day.
  • Fill a pitcher with tap water and put it in the refrigerator rather than running the tap at length every time you want a cold drink.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face, which saves between 10 and 20 gallons of water per person, per week.
  • Take shorter showers. Approximately 15 to 25 gallons of water is used in the average five-minute shower.
  • Don't let the water run constantly while washing or rinsing dishes.
  • Run the dishwasher or washing machine only when there is a full load or use the low water level features.
  • Consider composting food waste instead of running your garbage disposal. A disposal uses one gallon of water per minute, and compost makes a great soil conditioner.
  • Install low-flow toilets, showerheads and faucet aerators and you will save thousands of gallons of water per year. The largest use of indoor water is flushing the toilet and, after that, taking showers and baths.

Conserve Water and Have a Healthy Lawn
Here are some tips for conserving water and having a healthy lawn:

  • Water deeply, not frequently. Your lawn will be healthier if it receives about one inch of water every three to four days. Providing more will over-saturate the soil, causing water to run off.
  • Make sure you are watering the lawn, not the street or sidewalk. Water that falls on pavement goes into our sewer systems, increases your water bill and wastes water.
  • Use a rain gauge. Rain gauges will tell you how much rain has fallen and how much more water, if any, you should add by sprinkling the lawn.
  • Sprinklers are available with dials that can be set to water specific amounts at specific times. You can purchase them at local hardware stores or garden centers.
  • If you have an automatic system, make sure it has a rain meter installed. This will prevent the system from running during rainstorms, which are critical times for our water system to re-charge.
  • Place a layer of mulch around trees and plants to retain water.
  • If you are able, water your lawn in the early morning to avoid evaporation.
  • Remember to follow the Village's conservation measures from May 15 to September 15, watering only from 7 to 11 a.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. on odd or even dates based on your address number.

Water Infrastructure Improvements
Click here for information about upcoming improvements to the Village of Tinley Park's water infrastructure.