We appreciate the excellent cooperation our citizens have given us in the past in adhering to the Alternate Day Lawn Watering program.
This program helps reduce our water usage during peak hours, thus lowering the water rate we pay to Great Lakes Water Authority (our water provider). The Ordinance requires, in addition to alternate day watering, that automatic, programmable underground sprinkler systems only operate during non-peak hours of 11pm and 5am.
Why do we have the alternate day lawn watering program? There are two reasons:
1. The City of Novi is a wholesale customer of the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA). Two of the major factors that GLWA uses to establish our wholesale water rate are Peak Day and Peak Hour purchases. If we adhere to the alternate day water cycle and shift our peak hour usage to the exclusionary period (11pm to 5am) we can level out our Peak Day and Peak Hour factors, which result in lower wholesale water rates.
2. During the high demand periods of May through September we routinely experience low system pressures in some sections of the city. The Alternate Day Lawn Watering program helps us ensure that we can provide water pressure to meet the domestic and fire flow requirements of all of our customers.