Four months after Roseville declared mandatory water cutbacks of 20 percent, the city announced this week it was reaching only 18 percent.
“We’re close, but we’re not quite there,” said Lisa Brown, the city’s water efficiency administrator.
Residential and commercial customers in the city of 127,000 reduced their water usage significantly in March (33.7 percent) and April (28.9 percent), following a push by state and local officials to save water. The month of May saw a 23.9 percent reduction, compared to last year. But in June and July, the figures plummeted to 11.5 percent and 17.5 percent, respectively.
Overall, the city has reduced its usage by 18.2 percent to date.
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“My theory is that in June, the landscape started to stress, and people used a little bit more water to keep the landscape alive,” Brown said. “We’re hoping to see significant savings in September and October because those are the shoulder months.”
Roseville officials have implemented two specific outdoor bans on residential customers: no washing cars without a nozzle or rinsing hard surfaces unless necessary for health and safety reasons. Commercial customers must reduce outdoor irrigation by 30 percent.
So far, the city has issued 4,602 warning notices to customers, but no one has been cited, Brown said.