1. Outdoor irrigation time change - One day per week starting on October 5
Starting October 5, watering times for Roseville water customers will change to one-day-per-week (drip irrigation is excluded).
In May, the City of Roseville increased its drought stage to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order and the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) aimed at reducing statewide water use for all California water agencies.
This action resulted in a citywide outdoor irrigation watering schedule, which adjusts seasonally, limiting landscape watering to achieve mandatory water reduction targets.
All customers, both residential and non-residential, can water only on Mondays between October and April 2016. This timeframe traditionally represents a period when you can limit outdoor watering because daylight hours drop, evaporation rates fall, our region experiences precipitation, and there is more moisture in your soil.
We are encouraging you or your landscape contractor to reprogram outdoor irrigation several days in advance so that you’re poised and ready once October 5 arrives.
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Roseville’s water saving goal: 28 percent
As you might recall, the water savings target for Roseville water customers is 28 percent. The State Water Board is tracking how we are doing between June of this year and February of next. To remain compliant, we need to meet an average, cumulative water savings of 28 percent by February, so higher water savings we get now, means the less savings we will need in the winter months when savings are harder to achieve.
We’re on the right track: 38.5 percent water savings combined in June, July and August
To date, customers have saved 38.5 percent over 2013 water use. In our region, most water use – and water waste – occurs outdoors. So we’re encouraging customers to continue to do their part by limiting landscape watering. This is a critical path towards significant water savings!
For more information or water saving tips, please visit www.Roseville.ca.us/savewater.
2. Groundwater system testing starting next week
Starting September 29, Environmental Utilities staff will perform system tests to our improved groundwater well infrastructure. We installed two new pump stations that will enable us to move groundwater throughout the city’s water service area. These tests will ensure that the system that operates our wells is fully calibrated and meet design specifications.
As a result, we will turn the groundwater activation button on that’s located on the home page of our website (www.Roseville.ca.us/EU). Once we complete testing, which we anticipate will take a couple of days, we will turn the groundwater activation button off.
The water you will receive during this time will be a blend of both groundwater and surface water. Should you notice a change in taste, please be assured that the water is treated and tested to meet the highest drinking water standards, and is safe to consume.
If you have questions, concerns or need additional information, please contact Maurice Chaney, Public Information Officer, at 774-5539.