The City of Turlock is asking customers to reduce their water use even further due to the ongoing drought, but does commend Turlockers for their efforts in conservation.
On July 15, the State of California approved emergency regulations to ensure that residents and agencies across the state were decreasing their urban water usage, following Governor Jerry Brown’s declaration of a drought on Jan. 17.
According to a press release from the City of Turlock, the City has already implemented the first stage of its on Emergency Water Shortage Plan, which imposes several restrictions on water, and the City is already exceeding many of the provisions of the emergency regulations implemented by the State Water Board.
The regulations implemented by the City include mandatory restrictions on watering lawns, vehicle washing, and landscape washing.
The City reports that approximately 60 percent of the water used in the summer months is for outdoor water use, so the City is asking all water customers to further reduce their usage.
Customers are to consider reducing outdoor watering frequency to twice per week, watering cycle time to 10 to 15 minutes per valve, using a broom instead of a hose, following the year-round landscape watering schedule, and fixing leaky faucets.
To continue complying with the State Water Board’s emergency regulations, the City will be required to submit a monthly monitoring report of water production to the State and estimated per capita residential water use.
“In the meantime, please increase your efforts to conserve water – Turlock water customers have responded well to the drought but there is much more we can all do,” the release states. “We need everyone to further reduce their water use, particularly their landscape irrigation, and to comply with the City's water conservation measures.”
If the drought conditions continue into 2015, the City stated that even stricter measures may be enforced.
However, while the City asks its customers to further reduce water usage, TurlockCityNews.com continues to receive reports and photos of water wasting on City and State property.
According to the release from the City, they will “most likely” have to look at additional ways to conserve water. The City is considering turning off fountains, including the water features at Broadway and Columbia parks, and reducing water use in City parks and landscape areas.
The City of Turlock website offers some new tools and information to help water customers with their water conservation efforts. These include: a free residential water survey and rebates on high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers.
For more information, or to ask questions, call the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department at 209-668-5590.
To report water wasters, visit the City of Turlock’s website and fill out the online reporting form, or call Municipal Services.