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Ripon cuts water use 35 percent

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POSTED May 12, 2016 1:06 a.m.

The City of Ripon is doing its best to educate folks on water conservation.
“We got aggressive in helping them adjust their sprinklers,” Director of Public Works Ted Johnston said at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “They have their timers (properly) set.
“The result of that is less over watering.”
All told, Ripon managed to reduce its water usage last month by 35.2 percent when compared to the figures from April 2013. That’s with the three-days-a-week irrigation schedule.
“We’re above the 33 percent mandate set by the state and 29 percent (reduction) for the year,” Johnston added.
To further help the cause, the City recently hired a water conservation coordinator.
In the past month, they issued 246 warnings – no fines as of yet, Johnston said – to those in violation of the mandatory water conservation measures.
Included is no watering from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
From now through October, the City has made it clear that those with even numbered addresses can water their lawn and landscape on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – Odd numbered addresses are allowed to do likewise on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
More information on the water conservation measures is available at www.cityofripon.org.

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