Oak Forest Implements Water-Use Restrictions

Mayor Hank Kuspa says increased demand during the extended hot weather can impact city water reserves.

Residents are now under restrictions limiting outdoor water use to evening hours, the City of Oak Forest announced today.

“Although current reserves are still holding up, the extended hot weather coupled with high demand can impact the reserves,” said Mayor Hank Kuspa in a statement to the media.

Kuspa said the is joining with Oak Lawn and other nearby towns in limiting water use to ensure enough supply is available in an emergency.

Using water outside is limited to 7-11 p.m. on odd or even days, based on the last digit of the resident's address.

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Brian June 29, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Yeah situation stinks, but we gotta deal with it. One suggestion that may help in your situation is a sprinkler timer. Plenty of options to choose from @ Amazon and probably any area hardware store. http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_nr_seeall_1?rh=k%3Aoutdoor+sprinkler+timer%2Ci%3Alawngarden&keywords=outdoor+sprinkler+timer&ie=UTF8&qid=1340946034
Michael M. June 29, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Didn't the city add the base fee for water because not enough people used water so they didn't make the money they projected? I think that was on the Patch back when the fee was implemented, can that be found? If I am right, that means they force the restriction then charge us a fee for obeying the restriction. Doesn't' make any sense. I found the article here http://oakforest.patch.com/articles/city-council-signs-off-on-water-bill-surcharge It states that there was "a 65-million gallon decrease in water and sewer gallons billed, the ordinance was designed to help the city allocate fixed costs associated with delivering utilities. The 8.5 percent reduction in gallons billed has left a hole in the water and sewer fund. This will be the city's first time instituting a base charge, plus usage." Do you think the decrease in water and sewer gallons billed may be from the forced restrictions? Another example of the govt messing things up and costing tax payers to spend more money for the govt decisions and unintended consequences.
Tom S June 29, 2012 at 10:47 AM
If there was a 65 million gal increase (instead of decrease) there would be no base fee and the water rate would be lower. Now we are in a downward spiral. The higher the cost, the less water consumed. The less water consumed, the higher the fees and rates. Could you imagine the public outcry if ComEd and Nicor placed restrictions on there product's consumption. There would be public hearings. Quinn/Madigan would be on TV everyday calling for the CEOs resignation.
chuck toland June 29, 2012 at 05:15 PM
The city buys its water in advance. With the decrease in usage, we purchase less water. If we purchased the same amount of water each year, we would have to pay for it regardless if it is used or not.
Michael M. July 08, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Chuck, according to the article we pay regardless. From the article-' "We incur costs, whether they (residents) use the utilities or not," Julian said.' Also from the article-"Aldermen on Tuesday, Nov. 23, approved the ordinance enacting the $15 charge, which will help offset a projected $500,000 deficit in the city's water and sewer fund." The key phrase from the article is this "The 8.5 percent reduction in gallons billed has left a hole in the water and sewer fund" The hole, the hole, the hole, that is left from the decrease usage!!!! That is why we are paying more. If the article is incorrect then we need clarification and a correction from The Patch.


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