The extreme heat is taking a hit on 's aquifers, prompting the city to issue a reminder about the mid-day watering ban to protect supplies.
Residents are be limited to watering between 6 and 10 a.m. and 6 and 10 p.m. every other day. People who live at addresses with an even number can water on even-numbered days and odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered days (i.e., someone who lives at 1321 Smith St. can water on July 19, 21, etc.).
The restriction applies only to lawn watering; filling swimming pools and watering trees, shrubs, flowers or vegetable gardens is allowed.
Officials said that with the help of "residents’ compliance with the current watering restrictions," there should be no need for a complete watering ban.
The only exception to the odd/even water restriction applies to homeowners
and businesses that have installed or plan to install sod. To receive a permit for this exception, call the city's Public Utilities Department at 815-724-4220 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
While the temperatures will be about 10 degrees less than the high of 97 expected today, they will remain in the 87 to 91 degree range through at least Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Romeoville. Lows are going to be about 68 to 70 degrees.
There is a 40 percent chance of rain this afternoon and evening, and a 20 to 30 percent chance on Thursday, the latest forecast says.