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Roseville residents, businesses must reduce water use 20 percent

No drought surcharge applied at this time
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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The city of Roseville has announced a mandatory 20 percent water use reduction among its residential and commercial customers due to persistent drought conditions, effective immediately.

“Although our recent storms were welcome, we are still in a drought and the coming months may prove to be challenging with the record low precipitation and snow pack that we have received,” said Environmental Utilities Director Ed Kriz, in a news release. “The data indicates that this is the level of restriction needed given current circumstances.”

Kriz said if the drought continues to worsen, the city may increase the mandatory reductions. The city will not apply a surcharge to customers at this time.

“We want to take the time to find out how our customers respond to the mandatory measures and take the time to review our revenues versus expenses to determine whether that’s necessary,” Kriz told the Press Tribune.

The city asked for a voluntary 20 percent reduction starting in January and Kriz said an estimated 10 percent conservation rate was achieved.

Roseville turned on its groundwater wells in February when Folsom Reservoir — the city’s main water supply — was extremely low, and turned them back off in early March. The city currently has no plans to reactivate these wells; at least until decisions related to the reservoir made by federal and state agencies, such as the Bureau of Reclamation and Department of Water Resources, are known come summer.

The 20 percent mandatory reduction is a system-wide goal.

These stage 2 mandatory reductions also require commercial water customers to reduce their outdoor irrigation by 30 percent, bans the washing of cars without a water nozzle or without going to a commercial car wash, prohibits washing of hardscape surfaces unless for health and safety purposes, and prohibits water waste, according to the release.

 “Outdoor irrigation accounts for more than half of a typical home’s water use,” said Roseville Water Efficiency Administrator Lisa Brown, in the release. “Eliminating or reducing your irrigation is the quickest and most efficient way to reach your 20 percent water reduction goal.”

The city suggests several other ways to effectively conserve water: quickly repair leaks and breaks in irrigation systems, fix leaking toilets and faucets, only wash full loads in the laundry and dishwasher. The city’s Water Insight program offers customers a convenient way to track their water use, compare their usage and find water-saving ideas.

Some Roseville residents in Stoneridge and in a small area north of Stanford Ranch Road and east of Highway 65 receive their water from the Placer County Water Agency. Some residents east of Sierra College Boulevard receive water from San Juan Water District. Other residents receive water from the Citrus Heights Water District. These residents should contact those water agencies with questions related to their home or business water usage and water-conservation programs.