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.
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