Water & Drought

Roseville eases up on watering restrictions

Drought resistant landscaping at the home of Marc and Jeana Kenyon in Roseville on Thursday, April 9, 2015. These families have cut their water use by more than 80 percent mostly by ripping up their large front lawn and replacing it with drought-resistant plants. Roseville has become one of the best in the region for residential water conservation.
Drought resistant landscaping at the home of Marc and Jeana Kenyon in Roseville on Thursday, April 9, 2015. These families have cut their water use by more than 80 percent mostly by ripping up their large front lawn and replacing it with drought-resistant plants. Roseville has become one of the best in the region for residential water conservation. rbenton@sacbee.com

Roseville residents got a reprieve from tighter restrictions on outdoor water use Monday, as city officials postponed imposition of once-a-week irrigation.

Citing residents’ strong conservation efforts so far, officials said the postponement will last at least a month. The city will continue to let residents water their lawns twice a week, Monday and Friday, for the time being.

Earlier this year, the City Council passed an ordinance limiting outdoor watering to twice a week through much of the summer, with once-a-week watering set to begin Tuesday. But the ordinance “allowed some flexibility, based on changing conditions,” said city spokesman Brian Jacobson.

Jacobson said officials were influenced by Roseville’s record during the first two months of mandatory urban water conservation, as ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Roseville’s water usage fell by 39 percent in June and July, compared with two years ago. That’s significantly better than the 28 percent mandate the city has been ordered to meet. Brown ordered an average statewide cutback of 25 percent through February, although the mandates vary widely according to previous consumption patterns.

Jacobson said the once-a-week restrictions could be imposed if conservation efforts falter.

“We’re continually going to be monitoring the situation,” he said.

Urban Californians curtailed water usage by 31 percent in July and 27 percent in June, according to the State Water Resources Control Board.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler

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