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Ripon reduces water use 32% in December
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The water conservation efforts for the City of Ripon experienced a slight dip from the previous month.

According to Public Works Director Ted Johnston, December water usage was down 32 percent compared to that of 2013 during the same period.

“The running average for June through December is 28.2 percent,” he said at the Jan. 11 City Council meeting.

His report for November was a decrease of 34.2 percent while the previous few months dipped below 30 percent.

Gov. Jerry Brown  has imposed a mandate of 36 percent reduction to all cities and water agencies.

Not too long ago, Ripon, falling shy of that mark, received a Notice of Violation from the State California Water Board.

The City took action by reducing the number of watering days to just one during the winter months and offering free household water audits, to name a few.

Ripon has also enforced strict warnings, imposed fines to those in violation of the recent ordinances, and continued efforts to install water meters in all home in the coming months.

Of the latter, Johnston said the software for water meters has been up and running, having already identify homes with small leaks.

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