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Ripon cuts water use by 47%
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The City of Ripon’s water conservation efforts benefitted from a wet February.
Director of Public Works Ted Johnston reported that folks cut down on their water usage by a whopping 47 percent.
Those figures were compared to February 2013.
“We also had a 90 percent reduction on non-potable water due to the wet month,” he said.
Johnston added: “We have plenty of ground water to sustain us for three more years of drought.”
Elected leaders established a monthly goal of 30 percent water reduction for Ripon not too long ago.
Johnston noted that the latest reduction efforts boosted those savings to 34 percent for the 12-month period.
Council, despite the positive numbers, is taking a cautious approach while continuing on with the water rationing program.
This includes the interactive water features at the Mistlin Sports Park being in operation three times a week beginning to in May, twice towards the tail end of summer, and shut down altogether in October.
“We’re not out of this (drought) yet,” Councilman Leo Zuber said.