Apr 29, 2016 5:48 PM by News Staff
After several years of drought and strict water conservation policies, Shasta Lake City Council members took steps to ease strict water use rules of enacted in recent years.
The council voted 3-1 Thursday to reduce water conservation restrictions from a Stage 4 to Stage 3. Under Stage 4 restrictions, cities mandate that there must be a 31-40 percent reduction in the city’s water supply and water use was restricted only to meet minimum requirements of the public’s personal health and safety. With the move to a Stage 3 water crisis plan, 10 percent more of the city’s water is made available for public use and some of the more strict restrictions such as irrigation controls are eased.
The council also lifted the Excess Water Use penalties, which will officially end May 3. Council members said in the meeting that they eventually would like to do away with the stage restrictions all together.
The city is still under state mandate to reduce water usage my 25 percent. Shasta Lake water consumers reduced their water usage by more than 46 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to an audit of water usage.
“We are anxiously awaiting the State to announce the decisions on the statewide water mandates for the remainder of the year,” John Duckett, Shasta Lake city manager, said in the council meeting. “Although we are no longer in a hydrologic drought, we still are in a regulatory drought.”
For a complete list of water restrictions and current water restrictions for the City of Shasta Lake, visit the city’s water restrictions web page.