Newsom urges all Californians to cut water use by 15%
Yet another California town has set water usage restrictions after declaring a Stage 1 Water Shortage Emergency.
Despite the recent storms and increase of reservoir levels, Arroyo Grande residents primarily receive their drinking water from Lopez Lake, which sits at less than 30% capacity. As a result, Arroyo Grande residents are now being required to reduce their water usage.
Back when the drought happened in 2015, the city put an ordinance in place with triggers to track if it were to happen again.
“One of those triggers is when Lake Lopez gets to 15,000 acre feet of water,” McDonald explained.
“This is the second drought I’ve been through. From 2015 through 2017, we dropped to 11,000 acre feet and we pulled out of the drought about 26,000,” said Shane Taylor, City of Arroyo Grande Utilities Manager.
Customers will receive a letter by next month with their required water allotment.
If residents don’t comply, they’ll get a notice in February and March of next year. If they still don’t comply, they’ll be fined $50 increasing incrementally up to $200.
There’s an option to attend Water School in lieu of that first penalty.
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