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Monterey Pk Calls 2nd Stage Drought Emergency

  • By David Barron

Monterey Park City Council last week declared the city has reached the “Stage 2 Drought Emergency” as part of the continued statewide drought and adopted a new water conservation ordinance and resolution limiting landscape irrigation.

Basically, the resolution and ordinance calls for residents to limit landscape watering to two days a week on Mondays and Thursdays only.
After a one-month warning period, residents will be subject to potential fines
The city will be required to stop watering medians along city streets.
According to the city water department, residents have conserved 18% compared to the same water usage in 2013. The city goal is to reach a savings of 20% by the end of July.
The ordinance was approved unanimously the council last Wednesday (6/1/15) and takes effect in 30 days after adoption.
The city is also threatening a moratorium on issuing any new construction permits of the city if conservation goals are not reached. Frank Heldman, city water manager, said staff will an update to the Council on July 24  on results of city water conservation efforts.
A city staff report stated that the resolution and ordinance is intended to help implement the California State Water Resources Control Boards regulations, which were adopted in response to the Governor’s Executive order earlier this year.
If the city does not comply with the State Board Regulations, it could be fined up to $10,000 a day.

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