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The City of Roseville is under a 20% mandatory water cutback. The restrictions forces residents to cutback on watering hardscape surfaces, like sidewalks or driveways and watering any landscape during rainfall. The cutbacks also force restaurants to serve water only as requested by the guest. And if you wash your car, you should use a commercially operated carwash with a recirculating pump or use a hose with a shutoff nozzle attached.
The State Water Resources Control Board met on Tuesday to discuss emergency regulations that would prohibit wasteful activities as suggested above. The fine for violators could be up to $500 per day if new rules go into effect.
Back in the old days, cooling off on hot days where the temperature reaches 100+ degrees, you could run freely through a sprinkler on your front lawn. Those days are gone for now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use water to cool off. A great option to the sprinkler is Roseville’s Splash Park on Vernon Street Town Square.
The spray pad is activated by a stepping on a foot pad next to it and for two minutes, water will shoot up to six feet high from water jets located in the ground, and is only activated by motion, which keeps water usage under control.
Roseville’s Spray Park opens at sunrise and closes one hour after sunset. The system runs on a recirculating pump system so water waste is a minimum. Pam Allen, Public Information Officer from the City Of Roseville says “The majority of the wasted water would be the water that leaves the park on clothing, and there is some evaporation, but that is minimum.”
The City of Roseville has temporarily shut down other public fountains, like the ones located at Maidu Park and Mahany Park, to help their efforts in conserving water. Keeping the Splash Park open is a priority for the city because it acts as a cooling center on hot days.
The Splash Park is temporarily shut down for minor repairs and should reopen in the next few days.
Other cities around the region are doing their part to conserve water too. Auburn City Fire Department is working closely with Placer County Water Agency to come up with a water reduction plan. Auburn Fire has cut back on watering landscape letting lawns die off for now like the Maidu Road. Firemen have also cutback on washing fire trucks, giving them a good wash only when they are doused with fire retardant. According to Auburn Fire Chief Mark D’Ambroji, preserving equipment is top priority, but driving a spiffy clean fire truck is not.
D’Ambrogi said that letting lawns die off doesn’t create an added fire hazard. “It’s only a fire hazard if a fire happens,” D’Ambrogi said. He suggests keeping grass cut to a minimum if you are trying to save water by not watering lawns.