Vacaville residents praised for water use cutback

By From page A5 | August 13, 2014

VACAVILLE — An updated urban water shortage contingency plan that responds to state-adopted emergency drought regulations won Vacaville City Council approval Tuesday after a councilwoman and the director of utilities for the municipality praised residents for water conservation efforts.

“We have been good stewards of our water,” Councilwoman Dilenna Harris said.

Utilities Director Royce Cunningham agreed, saying, “The vast majority of our citizens have been great.” If Vacaville continues on track, he said, “We’ll be just fine.”

Vacaville has reduced its water usage by 15 percent through voluntary measures, Cunningham said, close to the 20 percent goal the state set.

Cunningham noted the staff is not proposing penalties for excessive water use and that it’s hoped reduction efforts will meet the state’s mandated goal.

Recommended measures included reducing lawn watering and the city suspending its annual hydrant flushing.

A resolution designating Vacaville to be at a Stage 2 moderate drought with mandatory restrictions is scheduled to go before the City Council Aug. 26. Stage 2 includes restrictions on outdoor landscaping irrigation to no more than three days a week.

The resolution City Council members adopt at their Aug. 26 meeting establishing the stage of water conservation will determine if violations of prohibited uses will spur fines, Cunningham said.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • Tax PayerAugust 13, 2014 - 5:22 am

    The city could fine themselves as I see water going across sidewalks each day.

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  • gemmaAugust 13, 2014 - 7:53 am

    I totally believe this. I picked my son up Monday at his dad and bonus mom' house in VV, and their front lawn was DEAD and brown. The whole thing. I even commented on it to my son, and asked if they quit watering because of the drought. We came home and I pulled out the sprinkler for two patches of death on my lawn. If I only water 3 days a week, my whole lawn will be dead. Someone better find a better solution, because I'm not doing that :-) Did that last yr, and my lawn started dying in patches. i swore some evil doer threw something on it, but nope, once I started watering again, it came back to life. In Suisun, my base charge for water and sewer is the same amt as how much water I actually use. If I'm going to be gouged, I'm going to use it, when and how I choose to.

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  • JimboAugust 13, 2014 - 10:17 pm

    Dormant is not dead. The grass will come back when the weather cools and gets wetter. Most people are growing fescue anyhow that goes dormant when daytime temps stay above 80 degrees. It is a cool season grass.

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