It’s no big surprise that California is in a drought, but perhaps the state’s and yes, even Turlock’s, dirty little secret is that many people are wasting water with full knowledge of the rules for water conservation.
City of Turlock Regulatory Affairs Manager Garner Reynolds says the City is, first and foremost, looking to educate the public about the benefits of saving water and ways to conserve water.
The City offers water education via media outreach, information through postal distribution, and even offers water audits for customers who are looking to improve their water conservation efforts.
However, despite the best efforts to educate and inform, fines are assessed.
Water wasters beware, there are plenty of ways to get caught, and for those who witness water being wasted it is very easy to report the offenders.
Reynolds explained the City has two code enforcement officers out and about looking for violations like watering on the wrong day, watering on the days when there is no watering allowed, and they are educating people who are wasting water as well.
This spring, when it became abundantly clear the state would be in for a significant drought Reynolds said more calls for code enforcement came in, as well as when the City adopted increased water rates.
“At this time we do not have any statistics but in talking to code enforcement personnel they indicated that calls increased during those times but after a week or so they go back down,” said Reynolds.
Water violation fines begin at $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second, $100 for the third, and $250 for the fourth and each subsequent violation.
Like with many things the City often relies on the community to be it’s eyes and ears; not only for residents but also for the City’s own water conservation efforts. It is very easy to report water waste.
The easiest way is to visit the City of Turlock’s website and fill out the online reporting form, or you can simply call Municipal Services at 209-668-5590.
For information on the City of Turlock water schedule or watering rules, visit Turlock Municipal Services website page.