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Directors of the Placer County Water Agency on Thursday (Apr. 10) adopted a series of water use regulations and restrictions and appealed to all customers to conserve water for the duration of the drought.
PCWA drought project manager Tony Firenzi said, After getting some final numbers from PG& E they could estimate a customer reduction percentage that would provide equitable availability of water for all.
PCWA is asking that all customers reduce water use by a minimum of 10 percent with overall conservation of 20 percent, a desired goal for the duration of the drought.
The reduction of deliveries from PG&E would amount to about 36,000 acre-feet of water. This shortfall could partially be offset with additional water diverted from the American River, groundwater use in parts of West Placer and water use reductions by all customers.”
Some of the water use reductions spelled out in the board’s resolution include:
Treated Water Users. Outdoor irrigation no more than three days per week in July and August; two days per week in April, May, June, September, October, November. Irrigate between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m., add mulch, prevent runoff onto streets and driveways. Use a bucket and hose with shutoff nozzle when washing vehicles or equipment or go to commercial car wash that uses recycled water. Indoor use: limit showers to five minutes or less, wash only full loads of dishes and clothes, and promptly fix all water leaks.
Untreated Water Users. Customers receiving 1 miner’s inch or more of untreated water will have the water service orifices resized to reduce water supply by 10 percent. Customers with untreated meter service and those who receive one-half (1/2) miner’s inch or less are asked to reduce water use by a minimum of 10 percent.
Directors also determined that untreated customers who choose to limit or forego service this year would not lose priority or face reconnection charges.
The board authorized new treated water connections to continue with the provision that the new services adhere to landscape specifications outlined in the California Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance.