Redding falls short of water conservation target

Jul 31, 2015 5:09 PM by News Staff

Redding city officials say that if residents had fully complied with an order asking them not to water on Mondays, the city would have likely met its June conservation target.

According to data released by the State Water Resources Control Board Thursday, Redding residents used 30 percent less water in June 2015 than they did in June 2013, but the state has ordered a 36 percent reduction.

According to the city, most customers have abided by the outdoor watering schedule, but believe additional awareness could have made the difference. “For instance, had customers fully avoided landscape irrigation on Mondays during June, the City likely would have attained a 36 percent conservation rate,” water utility manager John Wendel said in a news release Friday.

Redding, and other cities that fail to hit their marks by five to 15 percent, could face state-ordered conservation measures and fines, but will likely receive an order from the state seeking greater compliance.

If Redding continues to miss conservation targets the city and its residents could face an even harsher water situation. In an effort to make the target the city hired a private security firm to help enforce the water restrictions.

The firm will patrol the city into August, and report violators to the utility, who in turn will issue warnings to first time violators and then fines to repeat offenders.

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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