CMAP developed an updated Model Water Use Conservation Ordinance to provide assistance to communities that wish to promote water conservation initiatives. In drafting the model ordinance, staff completed extensive review of relevant literature and water conservation ordinances and regulations nationwide. A panel of experts provided their input to the document during its formative stages. The ordinance addresses indoors and landscape water use in both the residential and commercial/institutional/industrial sectors with consideration to the latest available technologies and state of the art practices in the field. More than an ordinance, this document is a tool that contains commentary, potential water savings, current examples, and resources for further research. By adopting the requirements of the proposed ordinance, communities may achieve significant water use reductions while deferring the need for water infrastructure expansion.
Ordinance review and update is part of CMAP's efforts in implementing Water 2050. In 2011, the Village of Orland Park partnered with CMAP through the Local Technical Assistance program to incorporate water conservation ordinance language within existing regulations. Learn more at the project website.