Village of Germantown issues lawn watering ban
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GERMANTOWN- The Village of Germantown has taken the extreme step to ban lawn watering.
Germantown uses groundwater to keep its system running and right now the wells are working overtime to keep up with demand.
The grass is green at Mary Kay Olson's home in Germantown. She's trying to sell her $287,000 home and thought a lush lawn would help.
She started watering a couple of weeks ago after she noticed the brown grass didn't look good on the website listing her house.
"I just wanted it to look pretty for the sale of my home," said Olson.
Olson has a garden and flowers that will need watering and that's still OK to do in Germantown.
"I have to water the flowers," said Olson. "You can't let flowers die. But I will not water my lawn anymore."
It's not just lawns that are dried out, local baseball diamonds look as brown as the infield dirt.
Pat Klaver is watching his son pitch Wednesday night; he's OK with the watering ban.
"It makes sense to keep the water table where it's at. It's not necessary to keep watering the lawn when it is dormant," said Klaver.
Not everyone knows about the ban as the sprinklers were still running at the local public school Wednesday night.
Germantown says the water situation is not critical yet. but it wants to take steps to make sure there's not a crisis in the event of a big fire.
Right now there's no fine for violators. Other communities are looking at banning lawn watering and may make the same call this week.