Outdoor watering schedule would conserve

01/16/2014 1:10 PM

02/02/2014 9:52 AM

Re “Council backs rationing, enforcement patrols” (Page 1, Jan. 15): While I was living in suburban Atlanta during a drought in 2007, officials enacted an outdoor water use schedule. Residents and businesses with odd-numbered addresses were allowed to water on Saturdays, and even-numbered allowed on Sundays, with watering only during the hours of 12 a.m. to 10 a.m. First-time violators were given a warning, with subsequent violations resulting in a $100 fine and increasing to $1,000. The state of Georgia, although not currently in a drought, has continued and still enforces a three-day-a-week water schedule for conservation. Sacramento and beyond could immediately implement a once-a-week outdoor water use schedule based on odd and even addresses. Undoubtedly, this would be significantly beneficial, given the current situation, and, I believe, a relief for residents to have a way to participate in an organized water-reduction effort.

-- Kelly White, Granite Bay

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