Officials at the San Juan Water District announced Wednesday in a meeting that they are requesting all customers cut outside water irrigation, effective Thursday morning.
The district serves nearly 250,000 customers in Roseville, Granite Bay, Folsom, Fair Oaks, Citrus Heights and Orangevale.
“At this point this is a request, we want people to be aware of what’s going on,” San Juan Water District spokesperson Shauna Lorance said. “This is very, very serious. This is the first time ever we’ve done anything like this.”
Although just a suggestion, a mandatory cut back could happen within four to six weeks, according to the district. At that point, the situation would escalate to a “stage five emergency.”
“That means, indoor water usage reduced by 50 percent,” Lorance told FOX40.
Those who do not follow directions will be fined.
“I would pay it,” Fair Oaks resident Challis Brennan said.
With over 20 bonsai plants, Challis and her husband Willie told FOX40 they are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure the plants stay alive.
“Even if it means saving water in buckets and watering them by hand,” Challis said.
The San Juan Water District has not decided what the fines would be if customers don’t follow mandatory directions when and if the situation escalates to a stage 5 emergency.