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Chicago-area residents urged to use less water ahead of severe storms – NBC Chicago

Chicago-area residents urged to use less water ahead of severe storms – NBC Chicago

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Chicago-area residents urged to use less water ahead of severe storms – NBC Chicago

Chicago-area residents are being asked to use less water to prevent the region’s stormwater management systems from overflowing.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District issued an “Exceedance Action Day” alert Monday night, with several rounds of strong to severe storms expected to dump heavy rains on the region.

According to the alert, residents are asked to delay showers or baths, flush the toilet less frequently and wait to use dishwashers, washing machines and other water-intensive appliances.

Residents are also asked not to water their lawns or flowers as storms approach.

Overflow Action Alerts are used by MWRD in advance of storms that can cause excess water to enter sewer systems in the Chicago area. If too much water enters those systems at one time, it may require the release of untreated or only partially treated sewage into the Chicago River or Lake Michigan in extreme circumstances.

Water can also back up into basements or onto city streets if sewer systems overflow, according to officials.

The first of several rounds of storms is expected to affect the Chicago area Monday evening. More storms could develop Tuesday morning, with a “slight” risk of severe weather in the Chicago area. A third round of storms could hit Tuesday night, with heavy rain possible in all three rounds of weather.

Stay tuned to the NBC Chicago Storm team for the latest information.

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