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Posted on: September 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Water Emergency in Effect September 5

Declaration of a Water Emergency

Water supplies may reach dangerously low levels if no significant rainfall is received in the near future.  In order to enhance water conservation and help preserve water supplies needed for human consumption, sanitary purposes and fire protection, Mayor Harry Rilling is declaring a water emergency.  Chapter 57C of the Norwalk Code of Ordinances provides the Mayor with this authority.

This Water Emergency is effective on September 5, 2020 and will remain in effect until reserves reach an acceptable level. The following irrigation schedule is in effect from September 5 to October 31.

Last Digit of Your Address Number

Water Only On:

0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 (even numbers)

Sunday & Wednesday
12:01 am - 10:00 am, or
6:00 pm - Midnight

1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 (odd numbers)

Saturday & Tuesday
12:01 am - 10:00 am, or
6:00 pm - Midnight

No address number

Sunday & Wednesday
12:01 am - 10:00 am, or
6:00 pm - Midnight

The following activities are unlawful and prohibited during the Water Emergency:

  • Sprinkling, watering, or irrigating shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, ground cover, plants and flowers outside of the irrigation schedule, except when these items are intended for sale.
  • Washing automobiles, trucks, trailers, or boats except at automated facilities using no more than 45 gallons of potable water per vehicle.
  • Washing or flushing walks, driveways, pavement, porches, or other outdoor surfaces.
  • Use of fire hydrants for purposes other than the protection of public safety by a public agency.
  • Filling or draining ponds or lakes used for private or public recreational purposes.
  • Knowingly allowing leaking plumbing fixtures.

Norwalk Police Officers will first advise violators to curtail prohibited activities. Failure to comply will result in the issuance of a fine not to exceed $90 per day for each day the violation exists.

Cooperation from the public during this time is essential to making sure we have water when we need it. For tips on conserving water, please see the water department websites at and

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