Local Cities Expected To Issue Drought Alerts

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Roseville officials earlier this month began asking residents and businesses to cut their water use by 10%

Derrick Whitehead is Roseville’s water supply manager. On KXJZ’s Insight program, he said…before they activated the alert…they consulted with other local cities.

"What you’ll see is that a majority of the water purveyors in the region will start to issue similar types of alerts to their customers just to get them aware of the use of water like looking at their irrigation systems. Even coming out and doing water audits I think is a message that we’re all working very closely together on." 

Under the drought alert, people can’t wash the streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks or buildings, unless it’s absolutely necessary for public health.  

During normal years, Roseville gets 32,000 acre-feet of water from Folsom Lake. But in April, the US Bureau of Reclamation told the city it’ll only get 24,000 because of two consecutive dry winters.