Goodbye green lawns? Parched township enacts watering restrictions

Caledonia Township institutes odd/even watering days

CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Sprinklers in one Kent County community may be getting a break.

In a message mailed to residents this week, Caledonia Township officials are asking homeowners who tap into the public water system to limit when they water their lawn and gardens.

Sprinkler restrictions Caledonia Township 071916
The card sent to Caledonia Township residents the week of July 19, 2016.

The township is asking residents to follow an odd/even watering schedule, where homeowners with an address that ends in an odd number water their lawns on odd calendar dates and homeowners with an address that ends in an even number water their lawns on even calendar dates.

Many lawns in the area are parched. Between May and July 19, Gerald R. Ford International Airport recorded 6.28 inches of rainfall, according to Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Matt Kirkwood. That total is 3.45 inches less than the same time last year.

>>Storm Team 8: Heat wave headed for West Michigan 

The need for water will likely grow as the heat wave settles on West Michigan this week. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s, with a heat index surpassing 100 degrees.

Michigan's drought status as of July 12, 2016. (U.S. Drought Monitor)
Michigan’s drought status as of July 12, 2016. (U.S. Drought Monitor)

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