Starting today, you can water your lawn if you live in Marion County. The two-month watering ban is coming to an end. But there are still some restrictions in place.
Those restrictions, by noon today, will only be voluntary. Mayor Greg Ballard is asking the people of Indianapolis to water only once a week.
But after a summer-long drought that turned lawns brown, and a water ban that’s lasted two months, lawns are starting to turn around and green up. And the city and Citizens Water now say it’s okay to water your lawn.
Part of the reason is the recent rain. Another is the change of seasons.
“Since we are going into fall where its not going to be as warm, people won’t be as inclined to irrigate,” according to Sarah Holsapple of Citizens Energy Group.
The voluntary restrictions are designed to maintain reservoir levels:
- Water lawns only once a week. A new yard with sod or seed is okay to water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
- Residents are also asked to not wash cars or use hoses to clean outside. But again, that’s voluntary.