First day of Redding water patrols nets 50 violations

Jul 15, 2015 7:28 PM by News Staff

A private security firm hired by the City of Redding to help enforce mandated water restrictions hit the streets for the first time Wednesday, and they've already reported 50 violations.

The private security firm will patrol the city for the next six weeks, checking to make sure people aren't watering outside their set days and times.

Redding residents have been ordered to cut usage by 36 percent. The city reached a 30 percent water conservation rate in June, compared to the same month in 2013, and then dipped to 28 percent in the first week of July.

Officials say most have done a great job limiting outdoor irrigation, but some people continue to stretch the rules or ignore them altogether.

First time violators will receive a letter from the utility, and if caught again they will be fined $50.

In Redding, homes with even numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Odd-numbered addresses may water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. There is no watering on Monday's and the permitted time to water is between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.


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