A severe drought in Chicago has prompted the city to install a system to make sure the water supply is there to supply people when the water is cut off, the city’s Department of Water Management said on Thursday.
The department said the system was in place in response to a request from the mayor’s office on Monday.
“We are very thankful to the mayor for his commitment to the citizens of Chicago to meet the needs of their families and the people of this city in a timely and safe manner,” the department said in a statement.
“However, the water will only be available for the residents of Chicago when the drought is over and the city is no longer experiencing significant drought conditions.”
“The City of Chicago will be providing additional water supplies as needed,” it said.
“Residents will be able to request water at a number of locations across the City of Illinois as the drought progresses.”
The water supply for the City is in good standing and should be available to meet all residents’ water needs,” the statement said.
The system will be activated from January 10 to allow for the installation of new meters and other equipment to monitor and report on how much water is being drawn from the water system.
A spokesperson for the mayor said he was confident the water rationing system would be up and running within a few days.
The city also announced that it will begin the process of re-establishing a system of water conservation measures and will begin providing water to residents in the winter.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said on Wednesday that Chicago’s water supply had been cut off for more than four months, forcing many residents to rely on the private sector for drinking water.
The mayor has promised to bring back the water after the winter so residents can continue to use it.