Get ready for once a week watering.
For the next four months, the City of Ripon’s water conservation ordinance will go to a weekend-only schedule.
“I want to remind residents that starting in November, watering days will go to one day a week – Those (in homes) with odd addresses can only water on Sundays while those with even addresses can only water on Saturdays,” Director of Public Works Ted Johnston said at last Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting.
This winter watering schedule will be in effect through the end of February.
A postcard is being mailed out of the winter watering days, Johnston added.
As for the current numbers, he noted that Ripon’s water usage was down 24.75 percent when compared to September 2013.
Overall, the city continues to hover at 30 percent for 2016 – that’s also the standard set by elected leaders at last month’s meeting – while the distributions of warnings (105) and penalties (eight) were also down from a month ago.
Penalties, as prescribed by the watering conservation measures, calls for an initial written warning followed by fines.
A first violation within that first year is doubling each time thereafter – second violation within a year is $100, third violation within a one-year period is $200, and any additional violations within that one year will be $400.
For more information, log on to www.cityofripon.org.