The City is asking all property owners with automated sprinkler systems (except those contacted directly by the Water Resources Commissioner’s Office with instructions specific to their area only) to follow Voluntary Water Use Restrictions in an effort to control future water rate increases. Compliance with the Voluntary Water Use Restrictions will result in less water usage during peak times and help hold down costs by increasing the efficiency of the water system.
Under the voluntary demand management system, water users are asked to:
- Water residential and commercial lawns/landscaping and subdivision common areas between the hours of midnight and 5:00 AM. Experts recommend that lawns be watered closer to the morning hours so the lawn will have moisture during the heat of the day. Restrictions are for automatic sprinkler systems, not hoses or sprinklers connected to hoses. Please adjust automatic sprinkler timers so that irrigation is completed by 5:00 AM.
- Shift sprinkler start times so they do not begin on the hour (start at 4:05 AM instead of 4:00 AM) There is a noticeable surge in demand and a resulting pressure drop for several minutes at the top of the early morning hours.
- Water lawns and landscaping for properties with even-numbered addresses on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
- Water lawns and landscaping for properties with odd-numbered addresses on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The City is complying with these regulations and watering public areas in accordance with these restrictions. The Farmington Hills Golf Course and Founders Sports Park, however, are exempt from following these guidelines because they irrigate using water from drainage ponds that are not part of the City’s water system.
Farmington Hills is a customer of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD). DWSD determines rates to suburban communities based on various significant factors that include maximum day demand and peak hour demand. By shifting usage to non-peak hours and reducing spikes in the daily demand, water cost increases can be reduced. If you have any questions, call the Department of Public Services at (248) 871-2530 or visit www.fhgov.com