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Ripon issues 48 citations for violating water rules
The Turlock City Council is set to consider implementing a penalty of $25 for those single-family residential water customers whose water use exceeds 40,000 gallons per month. - photo by Photo Contributed

The City of Ripon is maintaining a strong stance on water conservation.

City Administrator Kevin Werner mentioned at the Sept. 13 Ripon City Council meeting that 31 such notices were issued to residents in July and 14 in August. “Plus, three more (citations) were for over watering,” he added.

Councilman Leo Zuber, a few months earlier, requested an update from staff on the number of citations issued.

During the summer, elected leaders, in response to Executive Order N-7-22 – signed by Gov. Newsom to combat the serious statewide drought conditions – enacted emergency water conservation measures.

It was similar to the one that’s been around since 2018 but only with a few changes.

Rather than three days a week, those within city limits were cut down to twice a week watering of their landscape.

Properties with even addresses can water only on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Those with odd addresses can do likewise on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Watering on Monday, Thursday or Friday, or between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is prohibited.

Werner added that a new Water Conservation Coordinator was hired and that “he will be going through and processing the complaints.”

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