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Ripon cuts outside watering to one day a week for winter
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The City of Ripon has a friendly reminder when it comes to water conservation.

Since the beginning of last month, residents are limited to irrigating their lawn and plants to just one day a week.

“This month, we sent out 404 notices to those watering on the wrong day,” said Director of Public Works Ted Johnston at the Dec. 11 meeting.

From November through the end of February, all properties within the city with an even address are only allowed to water on Saturdays. Those with an odd number address can do likewise on Sundays.

As always, watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. on all days.

Those in violation will usually receive a notice followed by a fine, in failing to comply – $50 for the first timers within that one year, doubling that amount for a second ($100) and even a third ($200) during the same one-year span.

As for the water-reduction tally – using the city’s water levels from November 2013 as a baseline measure – Johnston said that last month’s figures were at 19 percent.

“Our running average is 22 percent for the past 12 months,” he added.