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Fort Bragg Declares Stage 4 Water Crisis Requiring 30-40% Decrease in Use

The following is a press release issued by the City of Fort Bragg:

STAGE 4 (WATER CRISIS) SHALL TARGET A REDUCTION OF THIRTY TO FORTY PERCENT (30%-40%) OF SEASONAL WATER DEMAND. EXCEPT IN THE EVENT OF A WILDFIRE OR A BREAKAGE OR FAILURE OF A DAM, PUMP, PIPELINE, OR CONDUIT CAUSING AN IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY, A STAGE 4 WATER CRISIS CAN ONLY BE DECLARED AFTER A WATER EMERGENCY HAS BEEN DECLARED BY A RESOLUTION OF THE FORT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE NOTICE AND PUBLIC HEARING REQUIREMENTS OF WATER CODE SECTIONS 351-352.

During a Stage 4 (Water Crisis) conservation stage, the following restrictions shall apply:

All Stage 3 restrictions shall continue to apply, except to the extent they are replaced by more restrictive requirements imposed by this subsection.

  1. Wasteful use of water is prohibited. All water usage must be for beneficial uses.
  2. Water use shall stay confined to the customer’s property and is not allowed to run off onto adjoining
    property, public sidewalks, streets or parking lots. Water use will not exceed the point of saturation.
  3. No landscape irrigation shall be allowed.
  4. No water from the city water system shall be used to refill swimming pools, artificial lakes, ponds or
    streams.
  5. Water use for ornamental ponds and fountains is prohibited unless required to maintain existing
    vegetation or to sustain existing fish/animal life.
  6. Washing of automobiles or equipment shall only be done at a commercial establishment that uses
    recycled, reclaimed water or private well water.
  7. All water leaks shall be repaired within twenty-four hours of notification by the utilities department or
    discovery by the owner, or service may be discontinued.
  8. Base water allocations, as established by the City pursuant to Section 14.06.030 for the appropriate
    customer class may be implemented to establish a maximum water usage limitation.
  9. Washing of streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, buildings and other hardscape surfaces is
    prohibited, except with an approved exemption form.
  10. Water cannot be used for construction purposes such as dust control, compaction or trench jetting,
    except with an approved exemption form.
  11. Restaurants shall serve water only upon specific request.
  12. Discontinued use of hot tubs and in-room spa tubs at hotels/motels and lodging establishments.
  13. Hotels and lodging establishments shall not provide patrons with stays of three days or less daily
    laundering of towels, sheets and linens. Lodges must prominently display notice of this requirement in
    each room.

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