Water alert on city agenda

By Steve Dreyer

City Council members on Tuesday night are expected to declare a first-level water emergency which will encourage voluntary conservation efforts by residents and business owners.

The “Level 1 Water Shortage Watch” resolution is similar to ones being adopted by cities throughout the county and follows a Jan. 17 statewide drought-related state of emergency declared by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Suggested voluntary measures include:

• Do not wash down paved surfaces, including driveways and sidewalks;

• Do not allow landscaping irrigation runoff;

• Water outdoors only before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.;

• Wash vehicles only using a bucket and a hand-held hose with a shut-off nozzle.;

• Run only fully loaded dishwashers and washing machines.

The city gets its drinking water from the San Diego County Water Authority, which contracts with the Southern California Metropolitan Water District. The local water authority has said that it has enough water available this year despite the fact that there will likely be no deliveries from the State Water Project in Northern California.

Poway officials are considering offering rebate programs for the replacement of turf and the purchasing of rain barrels. Details are still being worked out.

The council will also discuss whether to create an all-way stop at the intersection of Martincoit and Stone Canyon roads. The city’s Traffic Safety Committee is recommending the action. The council first considered the question last Dec. 3 and referred the matter back to the committee after a roomful of neighbors spoke both for and against the idea.

Tuesday’s meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in he council chambers, 13325 Civic Center Drive.

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3 Comments for “Water alert on city agenda”

  1. Fair is Fair

    How are all you rich folks going to keep your precious Maderas green now that there a restrictions? I mean after all, if it applies to my yard, it should apply to yours.

  2. Roger

    All voluntary measures which means nothing if you have the money. Green speaks to most members of the Council. If they had the ability to say “no” to that greenery, they would have kept the 5 tier water system which they paid a consultant to come up with. Nice how the Council can pay a consultant $250,000 and after getting complains from where their reelection money comes from, got rid of that system. Another example how the green stuff pays off. Look at Maderas. Even after breaking the agreement the city had with them regarding their golf course, they still decided to allow them to pump and pump.

  3. Guest

    I watched the city flush out a water main down our street the other day. That amount of water could have watered my lawn for a year. Don't talk to me about conservation until the city puts it money where it's mouth is.

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