Water & Drought

Roseville faces once-a-week water restrictions

Steve Ries cut water usage at his Roseville home by 80 percent, replacing his front lawn with drought-resistant plants.
Steve Ries cut water usage at his Roseville home by 80 percent, replacing his front lawn with drought-resistant plants. rbenton@sacbee.com

Roseville residents’ one-month reprieve from once-a-week outdoor watering restrictions is about to end.

The city announced this week that residents will be limited to once-a-week watering effective Oct. 5.

The restriction was supposed to start in early September, but officials postponed it because residents’ conservation efforts had been so strong. Roseville’s water consumption fell by 39 percent in June and July, compared with two years ago, well ahead of the 28 percent ordered by state officials for the suburb.

Conservation in Roseville has remained solid, with consumption falling approximately 37 percent in August, said city spokesman Maurice Chaney. Nonetheless, the city is imposing once-a-week watering limits in an effort to conserve as much water as possible before winter sets in, he said. Once winter arrives, it will be harder to meet the 28 percent savings threshhold because there’s very little outdoor watering in those months.

“We need to capture those savings now,” he said.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler

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