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Ripon reduces water use by 45.7% in April over 2013 level

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POSTED May 16, 2017 12:09 a.m.

The City of Ripon continues to post strong water conservation numbers.
Ted Johnston, who is the Director of Public Works, reported at last week’s Ripon City Council meeting that water usage for April was down 45.7 percent as compared to 2013 at this time.
“We’re still heading in the right direction,” he said.
Despite Gov. Brown’s recent announcement that state of emergency that called an end to the drought, cities such as Ripon must continue to make water conservation a way of life.
The State Water Resources Control Board indicated that temporary requirements for monthly water use reporting and prohibitions against wasteful water use practices will remain in effect until Nov. 25.
That’s when the emergency regulations expire.
The current prohibitions against wasteful water use practices, according to Water Resources Control Board, include outdoor watering during or within 48 hours after rainfall, hosing down a sidewalk instead of using a broom or brush, and overwatering a lawn to the point of water running off onto the sidewalk or gutter.
Ripon’s conservation goal, as voted by council, is 30 percent water reduction each month.
The current outdoor watering schedule – from March through October – is odd addresses on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and even addresses on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Watering is not allowed on Monday.
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