May 1, 2015 2:00 PM by News Staff
With water expectations continuing to rise in California, Cal Water is implementing a new surcharge for customers going over their allotted use.
Cal water is answering the governor's call to reduce water usage statewide by 25 percent, and the goal in Chico is even higher. The city has been ordered to cut back usage by 32 percent in order to meet the restrictions.
Cal Water has introduced a plan to charge customers for going over their allotted amounts.
To determine how much each resident needs to cut, the agency went back to 2013, when the state began seriously pushing conservation efforts, and found the monthly average use per household. Officials say Chico reduced usage by 16 percent in 2014, which means the required reductions are actually 16 percent.
Cal Water officials have a few ways residents can save; the agency is offering rebates for using smart control irrigation, which is a system that keeps sprinklers from running following rain, and they are also offering a free conservation kit to customers.
Officials say all the little things people do to save inside will add up as well. There are also some user friendly aspects to the plan, if residents use less than their allotted amount in a month, they can bank those water units for another month.
The new fees are expected to kick in next month.