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Ripon leaders pondering rules on water use

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POSTED May 5, 2014 1:03 a.m.

The City of Ripon will look to implement a water conservation policy effective next month.

This is in response to the state’s serious drought conditions, in particular, Gov. Jerry Brown proclaiming the emergency situation back in January.

Since then, the Ripon City Council has complied.

On Tuesday, elected leaders are scheduled to adopt the resolution that calls for such conservation measures effective June 1 through Oct. 1.

Included are the following:

uWashing of vehicles, sidewalks and driveway is allowed only if a positive shut-off valve or nozzle is used and in proper operating condition, with cleaning allowed just once a week.

uNo watering will be allowed from noon and 6 p.m.

uNo watering allowed on Monday.

uResidents with an even address are allowed to water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

uResidents with an odd number address can only water on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

Attached to the resolution are penalties for those in violation (the first time will be a written warning).

But soon after, those first-time violators within that one-year period will pay a $25 fine. Second timers during the same period must fork out $50 while third-time violators will be hit with a $100 fine. Anything after is $200 within that one-year period.

This item and more will be on the agenda for the 7 p.m. open session in the Council Chamber, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

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