To conserve water during the current drought that we are experiencing, the Genoa Charter Township Utility Department is requiring all property owners served by the Oak Pointe municipal water system, which includes the Oak Pointe and North Shore Developments, to restrict non-essential water usage. Non-essential water use includes, but is not limited to, irrigation of lawns, car washing, filling swimming pools, and hosing down pavement areas. This restriction is necessary to preserve water for essential uses such as drinking, cooking, and flushing toilets, as well as for firefighting.
Nearly every summer, the Oak Pointe water system experiences days where the demand for water, due strictly to irrigation, exceeds its pumping and production capabilities. Periodic high demand days are not a concern; however, back to back dry and hot days result in large increases in water usage. Our current weather conditions and forecast are stressing the Oak Pointe Water Systems production and storage capabilities. In addition to the even / odd irrigation restriction described below, we are requesting residents curb irrigation usage to the extent possible through this coming holiday weekend.
In attempt to reduce water usage, Genoa Charter Township is instituting an even/odd irrigation program for the remaining summer months. We are requiring the users of the Oak Pointe municipal water system with odd street addresses to schedule their irrigation during the non-peak hours (late morning or early evening) and on odd days of the week. Consequently, residents with even street addresses are requested to do the same on the even days. For automated systems, this compliance can be achieved by operating them manually rather than automatically. Additionally, avoiding irrigation during the peak demand times of 5am – 9 am will greatly improve reliability.
On June 27th, 2016 the 650,000 gallon total storage capacity of Oak Pointe was reduced to only 20,000 gallons of available storage during the period of 5am – 8 am. During this period, residents of Oak Pointe were using water at a rate of 3.1 MGD (million gallons per day). It should be noted that Oak Pointe can only produce 1.3 MGD. If peak hour demands continue to increase, Oak Pointe could exhaust its available water supply.
We understand you have a large investment in your lawn and landscaping and have implemented the above restrictions in an effort to achieve a balance between demand conditions and vegetative health. Failure to reduce water usage, compiled with continued dry weather conditions, could result in placing an irrigation ban across the entire Oak Pointe System.
The Genoa Township Utility Department will continue to work diligently to maintain the highest water quality and pressure during these peak usage days. In addition, we regularly conduct testing of the water to ensure safe drinking water is distributed to users of the system. Questions or concerns may be directed to the Genoa Township Utility Department at 810-227-5225 and additional information is available at http://mhog.org.