Friday, December 1, 2023

Fort Bragg Facing Down a Stage 1 Water Alert—City Will Recommend Restrictions Next Week

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

Fort Bragg’s Noyo Bridge [Picture by Judy Valadao]

The City was fortunate to receive late rains this past spring extending our need to require
water conservation restrictions, however, as current water supply conditions are beginning to show the effects of a third year of drought, City staff is recommending that the City Council take action during the next Council meeting of Monday, July 25, 2022, to declare a Stage 1 Water Alert and implement Stage 1 Water Conservation Restrictions targeting a citywide reduction of at least five to ten percent (5%-10%) of Seasonal Water Demand. If approved, such restrictions apply to all persons using or consuming water both inside and outside the City and within the water service area and regardless of whether any person using water has a contract for water service within the City immediately.

Stage 1 Water Restrictions include: wasteful use of water, limiting landscape irrigation to
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 12am to 9am and 6pm to 11:59 pm. No free flowing use for landscape watering, vehicle and equipment washing, ponds, and evaporative coolers without the use of an automatic shut-off device on any hose or filling apparatus while in use. Restaurants shall serve water only upon specific request. All pools, spas and ornamental fountains/ponds shall be equipped with a recirculation pump and shall be constructed to be leak proof. Hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments shall offer patrons the option to forego the daily laundering of towels, sheets, and linens. Residents and business owners shall repair all water leaks as soon as feasibly possible, but no later than five days after notification by the City or discovery by the owner.

It’s important to remember that now is the time to start planning ways to save our water and reduce the need of future water emergency measures.

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  1. Build More Dams?


    Now operational: World’s largest reverse osmosis water desalination facility
    S. Himmelstein | July 08, 2022
    The Al Taweelah Independent Water Plant (IWP) is now operating at 50% capacity and supplying 454,600 m3, or 100 million gallons, of desalinated water daily to the Abu Dhabi water supply network.

    When fully operational, production will reach 200 million gallons per day, surpassing the capacity of the Rabigh 3 IWP in Saudi Arabia, and making it the world’s largest reverse osmosis (RO) facility with a capacity of 909,200 m3/day. The facility employs low carbon-intensive RO technology and is partially powered by solar energy, which is expected to account for at least 30% of the project’s electricity capacity within eight years, with a target of raising this figure to 55% by the end of the first quarter-life of the project.

    • Maybe in the UAE, but… “The California Coastal Commission voted 11-0 to reject the proposal by Poseidon Water … to build the plant on a low-lying coastal site at Huntington Beach, near the town of Costa Mesa, about 30 miles (50 km) south of Los Angeles.”

      • I’m not well “edumacated” re the desalinization’s cons side of the issue. If ocean water is rising due to Global Atmospheric Disturbances thru Global Warming and abuse, then why would that get ‘shot down’ as it were??

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