Redding hiring private security to help with water enforcement

Jul 9, 2015 3:16 PM by News Staff

The City of Redding announced Thursday that they have hired a private security firm to help enforce mandated water restrictions.

Redding residents have been ordered to cut usage by 36 percent compared to 2013, a mark they fell six percent short of in June. Officials say most have done a great job limiting outdoor irrigation, but some people continue to stretch the rules or ignore them altogether.

The city has been issuing warnings and fines when formal complaints have been filed, but officials believe this system leaves a lot of violations unenforced. As a result a private security firm has been hired to patrol local neighborhoods and identify blatant violators.

To ensure equal coverage across the city, officials have broken the water service area into 17 neighborhoods, each subject to three inspections.

The security crews will be instructed to look for homes watering lawns on the wrong day or time, anyone watering their lawn on a Monday, overwatering that results in runoff, and poorly aimed sprinklers.

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.

The patrols are set to begin July 15.


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