For Immediate Release
Contact: Eileen Cross, 831.676.7090
SANTA CRUZ WATER SHORTAGE NOW PART OF STATE-WIDE DROUGHT
Santa Cruz -- California Governor Jerry Brown officially declared a drought emergency in California on Friday. Though the governor’s declaration makes the drought “official,” the Water Department has been preparing for months for the possibility of severe shortages and even rationing. The City of Santa Cruz continues to be under Stage 1 water restrictions, its Water Department the only water agency in the county to enforce a formal restriction program.
The Governor’s declaration will have little impact on the City of Santa Cruz water operations, but the governor has asked that all residents voluntarily cut their water use by 20%. The Water Department website provides tools for residents to learn how to cut their water use and the department provides free water-saving fixtures to its customers, in addition to rebates for new energy efficient appliances. “The ongoing extremely dry weather conditions have much more impact on Water Department operations than the formal declaration of a drought,” said Linette Almond, interim Water Director.
In addition to the Stage 1 water restrictions, the City is asking all residents to shut off their landscape irrigation systems, check for and immediately fix leaks, and to make water conservation a top priority. For more information on the City’s water supply, Stage 1 water restrictions and ways to save water, visit www.cityofsantacruz.com/water.