Drought Prompts Shasta Co. Sheriff's Office to send out reminders

Apr 29, 2014 5:45 PM

Cut back on water use. That's the word from the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

According to Lt. Tom Campbell, the Shasta County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services is reminding all residents that despite late season rains, a drought does exist in the county. Most water districts within the county are under mandatory cutbacks as their allocations have been decreased. Lake Shasta is currently only at 53% capacity. Today's reminder comes after Governor Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order to redouble state drought actions.

The sheriff's office has offered some tips to help during the drought. Avoid using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and other hardscapes. Turn off fountains and other decorative water features unless recycled or grey water is available. Limit vehicle washing at home by patronizing local car washes that use recycled water. Limit outdoor watering of lawns and landscaping to no more than two times a week.

Recreational facilities, such as city parks and golf courses, and large institutional complexes, such as schools, business parks and campuses, should immediately implement water reduction plans to reduce the use of potable water for outdoor irrigation.

Commercial establishments such as hotels and restaurants should take steps to reduce water usage and increase public awareness of the drought through measures such as offering drinking water only upon request and providing customers with options to avoid daily washing of towels or sheets.


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