Red Bluff to consider 'Stage III' water restrictions

May 19, 2015 1:40 PM by News Staff

The Red Bluff City Council will consider an urgent water-conservation ordinance at Tuesday night's meeting, that if approved would regulate when residents can water their lawns.

The proposed ordinance is in response to Gov. Jerry Brown's emergency drought declaration and regulations that require the City of Red Bluff to cut water use by 36 percent compared to 2013 use.

The city previously adopted "Stage II" water conservation measures, but that declaration expired on April 24.

The new state regulations require water suppliers to limit outdoor irrigation, but the city's current conservation plans do not include any limits.

If councilmembers declare a "Stage III" water shortage, a handful of mandatory-water saving measures will be enforced, including limiting the city's water customers to two-day-per week watering.

The new regulations, if approved will become effective immediately.

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