Watering Restrictions

In an effort to reduce instances of low water pressure and help control future water rate increases from the City of Detroit, Sterling Heights will join many other communities in Macomb County by implementing voluntary outdoor water use restrictions from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Odd / Even Number Water Use System
Residents are asked to voluntary limit outdoor water use to odd / even days, based on the last number in their addresses:
  • Homeowners with addresses ending in odd numbers, 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9, should water lawns, fill swimming pools, or wash cars only on odd numbered calendar dates.
  • Residents with even number addresses, 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8, are asked to follow the same procedure using even numbered dates.
Future Water Use Benefits
The intent is to limit water rate increases from the City of Detroit, which supplies water on a wholesale basis to Sterling Heights and many other communities in southeast Michigan.

“Following voluntary restrictions is a good way to keep future water rate increases down,” said Sal Conigliaro, Public Works Director.

Suggested Water Use Hours
In addition, all residents should limit outdoor water use between 5 - 9 a.m. and 6 - 9 p.m., periods when water consumption is at its peak.

Conigliaro urged homeowners to water lawns between 11 p.m. - 5 a.m. when water use is down and water pressure is up.

“We also recommend that residents take their lawn sprinkler systems off of automatic settings and only water their lawns based on the odd/even schedules,” he added.