Aug 7, 2014 8:59 PM
Effective immediately, all water customers in Redding and the City of Shasta Lake must restrict outdoor water use.
The decision comes in response to Governor Jerry Brown's emergency "Drought Management Plan", calling on all customers to scale back their water usage by 20% -- some customers are not too thrilled.
"Every drop counts" -- that's the latest effort to relieve the extreme drought conditions around California -- especially the North State.
"It's something we have to do...we have no choice on it if we want water."
Starting Tuesday, August 5th, all water customers in Redding have to follow a new outdoor watering schedule.
Homes and commercial properties with an automatic sprinkler system can water the lawn three times a week between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.
The same applies for the City of Shasta Lake, but the hours are scaled back from 9 a.m. to 6 a.m.
Evelyn Stevens has lived in Redding for 12 years, and although she's not too excited about losing her well-manicured lawn to the new restrictions, she understands the urgency of the situation.
"I knew we were coming to this, so I have no objection...we need it, we should have started earlier."
One of the new regulations bans overwatering lawns to the point that water runs off the sidewalk - one home in Redding was in violation of that rule, and was also running the sprinkler system on a restricted day.
"We have cut off the watering behind the buildings and to the park area."
Debra Taylor says her apartment complex used to run the sprinkler system five days a week.
She says they've scaled back watering the landscape to three days a week well before the mandatory cutbacks went into effect two days ago.
"We'll do whatever we can to help conserve water."
But the consequences of violating the new restrictions came as a shock to some customers who have less control over their water use.
Rhonda Crain was devastated to hear the City of Shasta Lake will impose a whopping $1,000 fine per-day on customers who violate the new rules.
That's about five times more than Redding's fine for a water violation.
"I pay between $1,300 to $1,400 a month and that includes my water here...if they're going to fine small businesses $1,000 a day, that will shut me down.
Redding Public Works Director Brian Crane says the fines aren't meant to punish residents, but make them aware of the severity of the drought conditions the state is experiencing.
"We've been fielding calls from customers who want to better understand the ordinance, but also from people who are already telling us that their neighbors are not complying."
The outdoor watering schedule is restricted to Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays for "odd" number addresses - "even" number addresses are allowed to use outdoor watering on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Outdoor watering is restricted on Mondays.
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