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Conservation Still Needed Despite Sustainable Water Supply

June 29, 2016

The City of Woodland urges residents and businesses to continue conserving water by aiming for a 10% reduction in water use compared to 2013. In the hot, dry summer months Woodland’s water use nearly doubles. Reduce your use by limiting outdoor irrigation to three days per week between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.  Also, remember to keep Woodland, “The City of Trees” and take extra care of your trees during the drought.

Recent changes in the State’s emergency regulations led the City Council to rescind the emergency stages of the City’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan on May 21, 2016. This means that there are no longer mandated percentage reductions in water use for residents or businesses. However, many water use restrictions in those stages still apply at all times per State mandate. Except in cases of health and safety, the following actions are prohibited:

  1. The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures;

  2. The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use;

  3. The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks;

  4. The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system;

  5. The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall;

  6. The serving of drinking water other than upon request in eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased; and

  7. The irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians.

Residents can notify the City of any instances of excessive water waste by emailing, calling (530) 661-2067, or using the myWoodland mobile app. Please include the street address, the water waste issue, and time of incident. 

The resolution adopted by the State Water Board on May 18, 2016, which enacted these changes, significantly changed the way local water agencies calculate their conservation standards. Assuming three additional drought years, agencies were tasked with calculating their reliable water supply and projected demands. Any deficit in supply would become the agency’s new conservation standard. Woodland has an ample supply of reliable water, partly due to investments made before the drought in surface and recycled water. “The City has a responsibility to provide safe, clean, reliable drinking water,” said Jordan Power, Water Conservation Coordinator for the City, “We continue to do that and stress that one of the best ways to ensure a sustainable supply is to decrease the demand.”

At the City Council Meeting on May 21, 2016 when the emergency stages were rescinded, Council Members highlighted the need to continue conservation, only approving the resolution when changes were made to note that Woodland is still in a severe drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. “I have a lot of faith in this community,” Public Works Director Greg Meyer said in response to their concerns, “I don’t believe they will walk away from conservation.” In fact, Woodland has exceeded the previously state-mandated goals consistently, most recently saving 44% in May 2016 compared to water use in May 2013.

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