LOWELL, Mich. (WOOD) — The city of Lowell on Tuesday announced restrictions for outdoor water use.
The odd-even restrictions are in place now through Sept. 30 for municipal customers in Lowell and Lowell Township.
Residents and businesses with an address that end in an odd number can only do outdoor watering on odd days, while residents who live in an address that ends in an even number can only do outdoor watering on even days.
“For example, an address of 611 can water on the first, third, fifth, seventh, etc. day of the month,” the city said in a release.
“Our water treatment plant has a limit on the amount of water it can produce and, with recent demand, we are pushing the limit,” Lowell City Manager Mike Burns said in the release. “Outdoor watering makes up a significant portion of our consumption during the warmer months. As we experience a hot, dry stretch and look ahead to more of the same in the coming months, it is important for us to take proactive steps to prevent an outright ban on landscape irrigation.”
The city says it provides the township around 500,000 gallons of water per day but over the weekend was providing an average of 680,000 gallons per day. The city says if it operated the plant 24 hours a day, the maximum it could pump out is 800,000 gallons per day.
The city says there’s typically an increase in water usage during the summer months but there’s also a lot more people living in the Lowell and Lowell township areas using water in general. Burns said this is the first time they’ve had to issue a water restriction and is a sign that they will need to expand.
“I think we’re going to eventually, at some point, we’re going to have to expand the facility. It’s just obviously cost, money, things of that nature and figuring out what we want to see for the expansion but we know as this area continues to grow this is going to be an issue probably every summer,” said Burns.
The city says this water restriction will not impact in home water usage at all. Homeowners are still encouraged and able to drink, shower and cook with the water they need.
“We ask for our community’s partnership in ensuring we can continue to provide reliable water service to our customers,” Burns said.
Burns says the township and city could lift the restrictions prior to the Sept. 30 expiration date.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to clarify that the City of Lowell provides 500,000 gallons of water to Lowell Charter Township.