The Public Works water section is responsible for maintenance of fire hydrants, water main valves, and water mains. This division also maintains the water service from the Village's water main to the buffalo boxes. Property owners are responsible for maintaining their own water service, which stems from the buffalo box into their particular house.
An active valve exercising program ensures all valves will be operational when needed.
Outside Watering Restrictions
To help conserve water, the Federal Water Administration and the Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Water Resources requires municipalities to enact outdoor water sprinkling restrictions. In Niles, all outside watering between the hours of 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. is prohibited on every day of the week from May 15th through September 15th.
Generally, watering during this time of day is ineffective due to the fast evaporation rates; therefore, delaying watering to the best possible times helps conserve water. Should we not properly enforce the restrictions, the federal government has threatened to cut Niles' water allocation.
Therefore, all Niles citizens are urged to follow the sprinkling restrictions. This will help maintain adequate water pressure for fire fighting as a protection for your home or business.
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago sells rain barrels to residents of Cook County. For more information on this program, please visit their website, call 312-751-6633 or email MWRD.