REDDING, Calif. - Shasta County is taking steps to help conserve water during this hard-hitting drought.
The Shasta County Board of Supervisors declared a countywide drought emergency. But the county also adopted a water conservation program for certain areas in the county.
Impacted areas include Sugarloaf, Castella, Jones Valley, Palo Cedro, French Gulch, Alpine Meadows, and Crag View.
“In response to the drought, Public Works is recommending the implementation of common-sense conversation water measures,” said Charleen Beard, an engineer with Shasta County Public Works. “Such as using automatic shutoff nozzles on hoses and not watering sidewalks or streets. these are the same conversation measures required of our urban water supplies. Our [county service areas] are small enough they don't fall under that umbrella but in light of the water cutbacks and drought is important that we do what we can.”
Under the ordinance, it states that no one should use water for outdoor landscaping during and up to 48 hours after the day of measurable rainfall, no one should use water to wash their cars unless there is a shutoff nozzle, no one should use water to wash sidewalks or driveways, and people should not use water for any decorative fountains or displays.
People who violate the ordinance the first time will get a written warning. If violated again, people could receive a penalty of up to $500 plus another written warning.
At the meeting, the supervisors said they hope the impacted areas with the ordinance will voluntarily comply.