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CITY OF SANTA CRUZ WATER RESTRICTIONS BEGIN MAY 1

Post Date:05/01/2018 10:58 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Eileen Cross, Community Relations Specialist, 831.676.7090

 CITY OF SANTA CRUZ WATER RESTRICTIONS BEGIN MAY 1 

Santa Cruz (April 30, 2018) – Below normal rainfall and runoff, coupled with water supply needs for fish habitat, have reduced the amount of water available for City of Santa Cruz water customers. In an effort to maintain water storage in the City’s only drinking water reservoir, Loch Lomond, the Santa Cruz City Council adopted a Stage 1 Water Shortage Alert which takes effect May 1, 2018. 

During water shortages, customers are restricted from landscape watering between 10:00AM and 5:00PM, from using a hose without a shut-off nozzle, from washing down hard or paved surfaces, and from filling swimming pools. Restaurants and hotels are required to provide drinking water only upon request, and to offer patrons the option of to forego daily laundering of towels, sheets and linens. Customers are also required to correct plumbing leaks. 

Enforcement of water restrictions will begin with education and an opportunity to correct the situation. Repeat offenses will be penalized from $100 to $500, with the possibility of installations of a flow-restrictor at the customer’s expense. 

To see the complete list of restrictions and penalties, as well as ideas and rebates to conserve water, please visit https://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-departments/water/2018-water-use-restrictions or call 831 420-5230. 

About the Santa Cruz Water Department:

The Santa Cruz Water Department daily serves water to 96,000 customers, processes 6-8 million gallons of water per day, manages 4,000 acres of watershed lands, oversees 300 miles of distribution lines, runs a state-certified water quality laboratory, and provides summertime recreation activities at the Loch Lomond Reservoir and Recreation Area.

 

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