How Would a Water District Enforce Conservation?

GRANITE BAY-

For the first time ever the San Juan Water District is requesting all customers stop outdoor water use come Feb. 1.

That request could also soon become a direct order for the nearly 200,000 people who live in parts of Sacramento and Placer County’s, including Orangevale, Folsom, Roseville and Granite Bay.

Already the driest year on record, and at a 20 percent request for voluntary conservation, the San Juan Water District is continuing discussions of their stage 5 water emergency measures until the end of the month.

“People need to understand that we are approaching a situation that may get more extreme,” San Juan Water District General Manager Shauna Lorance said.  “So now the process is to pull that information together.”

By the end of January the District, which serves about 185,000 people, expects to offer up their plan.  A 45-day public notice requesting drastic restrictions to both homes and business.

“We don’t have individual water budgets for each household,” said Lorance. “My recommendation to the board will probably include looking at an average indoor use, and then we can identify what indoor health and safety water usage would be for a family.”

“Sure you worry about it,” Granite Bay homeowner Geoff Brown said. “But they have to do something to create a better mind-set that we have to do a better job of conserving.

That could very likely include fees and penalties for those who don’t follow the rules.

“There are no numbers at all yet,” warned Lorance.  “Everybody kept hoping that we would get rain.  Now we’ll have to figure it out.”