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Water District: Use Dropped by 27%, Conservation Working

Watering Strawberries during Stage 3 Drought
Hose ends must be equipped with automatic shut-off devices, as part of the Stage 3 water warning by the Citrus Heights Water District.

The Citrus Heights Water District announced that its customers reduced water use by 27 percent in response to a Stage 3 water warning, according to an April water supply update by the District.

“CHWD thanks its customers for this outstanding conservation effort and asks everyone to keep up the good work,” read the April update, which also emphasized that customers are still asked to continue reducing water use by 20 percent. “Continuing to conserve water now can help extend our water supplies for the year ahead.”

According to David Kane, assistant manager for CHWD, the District so far does not plan to raise water rates in response to the drought, and such a move would only be considered if a further motivator were needed to encourage customers to reduce water use.

The Stage 3 water warning for CHWD customers comes with 11 regulations, including a ban on water run-off from properties and a requirement that an automatic shut-off device be attached at the end of hoses being used.

Additionally, the warning states that restaurants “shall serve water only upon request,” and landscape irrigation is to be reduced by 11 to 25 percent.

A full list of the Stage 3 regulations are available on the District’s website.

As part of its conservation efforts, the District stopped using water from Folsom Lake in January, and began relying exclusively on its five groundwater wells. The wells that can produce 9.1 million gallons of water each day — enough to meet the average demand for water during the winter months, but not during the summer when outdoor watering peaks.

Officials said that customers may have noticed a slight change in water taste, or more water spots from the dishwasher, due to the switch to in water source.

CHWD covers about two-thirds of Citrus Heights residents, and its water supply extends to portions of Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Carmichael, and Roseville.

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