The following is a press release from the City of Fort Bragg:
On Monday night, at the regular City Council meeting, the City Council unanimously passed a Resolution encouraging City residents and businesses to implement water conservation measures consistent with a Stage 1 water emergency. Stage 1 conservation measures target a 10% reduction of water use for this time of year. By making small reductions in our water usage today, we may avoid the need to enter a Stage 2, 3, or 4 Water Emergency and stricter water conservation measures.
Stage 1 conservation measures ask all water users to reduce potable water consumption by 10%. A complete list of measures can be found on the City’s website. Those measures include simple water saving measures such as fitting hoses with a shut-off nozzle to avoid wasting water while irrigating or washing a vehicle. Avoiding unnecessary tasks like washing driveways, sidewalks or the exterior of buildings during a drought. Watering plants and landscape early in the day or later in the evening, will limit evaporation to a minimum. Paying attention to irrigation systems that are set on automatic timers to
avoid unnecessary overwatering or watering shortly after measurable rainfall will save water. Likewise, the Council is asking residents and businesses to avoid filling swimming pools during the drought, reduce or stop watering ornamental turf and eliminate unnecessary water use on construction projects. Restaurants should stop serving water automatically and hotels should encourage guests to reuse towels
Please note that the City is not asking water customers to reduce good hygiene practices such as washing your hands regularly, bathing, washing clothes or dishes. At this stage, the City is also not requesting that anyone stop watering their gardens or producing vegetation. A 10% reduction of water use only requires small changes in our daily habits. Simple changes like shortening a shower, turning the water off while brushing teeth or hands, or using the water conservation setting on washing machines and dishwashers goes a long way. Likewise, checking for and fixing water leaks in your service line or toilet can make a big difference. For additional water conservation tips, including information on rebates to replace your turf grass or to replace a toilet, please visit Water Conservation on the City’s website.
The goal is to make these early and easy changes in our usage so that we can avoid declaring a water emergency and implementing stage 2, 3 or 4 water conservation measures. The City Council extends a big thank you to all residents and businesses that take measures to reduce their existing water usage. Questions regarding this information should be directed to Sandy Arellano, Public Works Administrative Analyst at (707) 961-1592, Extension 131.
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