Local agencies weigh water restrictions

Water issues

Hollister, San Juan, the county board and Sunnyslope water district are considering resolutions this week establishing new rules related to the state’s mandatory water cutback of at least 25 percent.
Municipalities must reduce their consumption by 25 percent compared with 2013 levels to deal with the drought. Sunnyslope is actually shooting for a 28 percent reduction in its consideration Tuesday night.
As explained by Hollister City Manager Bill Avera on Monday for Hollister customers—as approved by council members—some of the restrictions include the following:
Customers are limited to landscaping from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. two days a week—odd addresses on Tuesdays and Saturdays and even addresses on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Customers are limited to drip irrigation/quick release nozzles.
Water irrigation can’t occur on concrete.
If washing a vehicle, residents must use quick-release nozzles.
There is no operation of water fountains without a recycling mechanism.
New development landscaping is limited to drip or micro-spray.
Penalties include a warning on the first notice, a $100 fine the second, $250 the third and $500 on the fourth along with the requirement to install a flow restrictor.

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