Detroit Suburbs Act To Conserve Water, Avoid Rate Shock

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit suburb is offering to make free house calls to help residents efficiently use their automatic sprinklers.

Macomb Township in Macomb County is trying to avoid extra fees for excessive demand from the Great Lakes Water Authority, The Macomb Daily reported.

A township ordinance says lawn watering can be done only between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. and every other day depending on the address.

“Many residents have sprinklers installed but maybe haven’t taken the time to adjust the timers in many years,” township Supervisor Frank Viviano said. "For our seniors, or anyone who might feel uneasy changing the settings on their system, we are prepared to offer assistance through this program.”

Shelby Township has adopted similar lawn watering hours after being hit with a rate increase. It also plans to build a $12 million water tank to store water.

“A water tank is probably the right solution for Shelby Township but it is an expensive one," said Macomb Township treasurer Leon Drolet. "Reducing lawn irrigation during peak hours can achieve the same results as a water tank at a fraction of the cost.”