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Water Restrictions Implemented for Metro Area

Reported by Val Clark Web produced by Katie Owens

If your address is an odd number, you can water on odd-numbered days. Video

Water restrictions implemented on Monday are resulting in limited water usage for several metro area residents.

Outdoor water use for all of Oakland and Macomb Counties has been restricted to odd or even days. That means the side of the street you live on will determine when you can use water for your lawn, car or for other outdoor purposes.

The ongoing building boom in northern Oakland and Macomb Counties is threatening water pressure throughout both counties, and that's due to a dramatic increase in the demand for water.

"People in the lower communities are not having any trouble, just the higher-elevated ones. It's the new development areas have a lot more lawns, larger lawns, and they're using more water than anyone else. A lot of the industry is moving to those areas," said James Heath of the Detroit Water and Sewage Department.

The raw supply is still plentiful, and the Detroit Water and Sewage Department can treat and transport 1.3 billion gallons of water a day to eight communities. Demand has peaked at 1 billion per day.

"As long as they have enough water to keep my grass green and the kids are able to use the swimming pool, I don't have a problem with it," said one Warren resident.

-- Martin Thompson (, July 10, 2001


Well, looks like Michigan is going to need that water in the Great Lakes, and Nevada will have to look elsewhere for water. I can see a war for water in our future. It will be as liquid gold. I do wish the government would restrict the habitation of the desert and water short communities,AND CURB THOSE WATER PARKS USAGE!!!! love to all Judy

-- Judy Whalen (, July 11, 2001.

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