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Placer County Water Agency Holding Off on Mandatory Cuts

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The Placer County Water Agency decided Thursday to hold off on mandating customers restrict water usage.

“We want to make sure it’s really needed first. A mandatory cutback could affect multiple sectors of the economy” the PCWA’s Joshua Alpine said.

Paul Gallagher of General Plumbing Supply in Auburn is in the business of helping people save water.

“We sell 5-10 toilets a week, and lately people have been coming in asking how they can save more water,” he said.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, toilets in the average household use more water than anything else. A low end toilet may need to be flushed several times. Even worse, is a leaky toilet.

One flush uses about 1.6 gallons of water.

For now, the PCWA says the current recommendation to reduce all indoor water usage by 25 percent and outdoor usage by 50 percent will remain a suggestion, not a recommendation.

“The recent rain is helping the drought. We will have to see how much it is helping.” Alpine said.

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