Ripon residents were praised for their water reduction efforts during the winter months.
Unfortunately, the trend has been just the opposite thus far for the summer.
“They may not be wasting water but they are using more of it,” said Director of Public Works Ted Johnston at Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting.
His water consumption figures for July were down 19.79 percent, using the 2013 levels as the base line measure.
June was slightly better with savings of over 20 percent. In contrast, folks were at their best in February when the water reduction was at 47 percent.
On a positive note, Ripon continues to exceed 30 percent for the year — 31 percent, Johnston said — for the running tally for the past 12 months.
Elected leaders are hoping for better numbers in the coming months.
“It’s not over yet,” said Councilman Leo Zuber of the statewide drought despite the wet weather earlier in the year.
Ripon continues to enforce the three days a week watering schedule. Log on to www.cityofripon.org for details.
“We’re still issuing notices and citations (to those in violation),” Johnston said.
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