City issues mandated water curtailments
by PI Staff
Aug 14, 2014 | 3100 views | 1 1 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of Patterson approved Resolution No. 2014-55 in the eleventh hour of Tuesday night’s special city council meeting authorizing staff to Implement Stage II of the cities’ Drought Contingency Plan. That plan requires city water users to adhere to a watering schedule.

“We’re starting to see the effects of the 2012 drought,” said Management Analyst Maria Encinas, adding that it takes up to two years to start seeing the effects of the drought on our local water table.

“We’re seeing an effect on our static level, as well as draw downs,” said Enicnas. “There’s usually a 10ft increase for the norm between seasons, and we may not see that this year.”

Encinas gave the Public Works presentation to the council Tuesday evening, stating that recent mandates are coming from Governor Jerry Brown, who recently issued an executive order to adopt emergency water regulations.

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) submitted an emergency action to adopt three sections and a new article of California Code of Regulations pertaining to drought emergency.

Stage II mandatory water restrictions include no application of potable water to any driveway or sidewalk. Use of water that results in runoff to streets or gutters is prohibited. A shut-off nozzle must be used while washing cars, buses and vehicles. There shall be no outdoor watering or irrigation between the hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Persons shall water on designated days according to their house address.

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August 14, 2014
So let me get this straight ... only residential areas will be subject to restrictions? What about business and industry, educational or government facilities? What are they doing to reduce water consumption? We should all share in this effort, if that's what we have to do. No one group should have to bear the entire burden.

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