Bakersfield, California 2021-11-29 19:31:00 –
Bakersfield’s two largest water suppliers will soon implement new restrictions to avoid the potentially disastrous effects of long-term droughts.
On December 14, the City of Bakersfield and the California Water Authority plan to limit the number of days customers can use water for outdoor landscaping. Other restrictions, such as the automatic provision of drinking water in restaurants, are also effective when authorities seek to meet or exceed Governor Gavin Newsom’s call to reduce water usage by 15%. Will be.
“We have had a drought year since last year, the dry water year, and it took several months for the new water year. In November, there was no first snowfall,” says Art Chianello. Bakersfield Water Resources Manager. “We are in the second year of the drought, so it will be Stage 2 for both us and CalWater. This means that water conservation is important and everyone needs to play their part and help. It’s a good benchmark to observe to make sure we’re telling. “
Bakersfield City Water Customers, who live primarily in the western half of the city, can water outdoor landscaping at odd addresses from 6 pm to 9 am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. .. Even-numbered addresses may be watered on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
For California Water Department customers, who live primarily in the eastern half of the city, odd-numbered addresses water on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 6 pm to 8 am, and even-numbered addresses water on Wednesdays and Sundays. You can sow.
Bakersfield also strongly recommends watering only two days a week, even if the customer is allowed to water three days.
The new restrictions are the latest and most extreme of the series of drought mitigation measures that have been implemented throughout the year. This year’s Kern River runoff was the second lowest ever recorded, at 15% of normal. And Lake Isabella has been kept at significantly lower levels at this time of the year, dropping to about 9 percent of its total capacity as of Monday.
Relative dryness is a source of concern for water managers, even if conditions do not reach the extremes of previous droughts.
“Our team is constantly assessing supply and demand, which is why we saw the drought continue to worsen from summer to autumn and decided it was wise to enter Stage 2,” Corporate Communications said. Yvonne Kingman, the director in charge, said. California Waterworks Authority. “We know that it takes time for people to change their habits. I remember the 2015 drought. People already have some of these wise water usage habits, but even more. It will take time to change your behavior again to start saving a lot of water. “
Both Cal Water and Bakersfield City customers are also prohibited from using drinking water to wash driveways and sidewalks. Residents who wash their cars will need a hose shut-off nozzle.
All outdoor use of water is banned for 48 hours after measurable rain.
Some other restrictions apply to businesses and farmers.
Limiting the use of water outdoors is considered an effective way to reduce water intake throughout the home. According to Chianello, about 70% of the water used in a house comes from outdoor irrigation.
“Basically, if you cut that water usage in half, you can cut the water usage of the whole house by 15%,” he said.
Bakersfield residents seem to be paying attention to the governor’s request for action. From July to September, households in the Cal Water service area used about 3% less water. However, according to the company, last month’s numbers increased to 9.9%.
“We continue to go in the right direction,” Kingman said. “We have really been working to disseminate information about the need for protection, so we want to think that education has a role to play.”
The Water Saving Toolkit is available to Bakersfield City and Calwater guests. In addition, some kits may be eligible for a refund for high efficiency water products.
You can reach Sam Morgen at 661-395-7415. You can also follow him on Twitter @ smorgenTBC.
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