Sacramento Leaders Ask Residents To Cut Water Use Amid Drought

By Rebekah Gonzalez

July 8, 2021

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As California continues to endure an intense drought, Sacramento city leaders are asking residents to cut back on their water usage.

They are requesting residents cut their water use by 10% as part of the county's WAter Shortage Contingency Plan.

According to FOX40, the plan is divided into six stages with water conservation activities that increase with each stage. The stages are based on the severity of the water storage. The first stage is focused on utility customers reducing water usage by a tenth of normal use.

The city's water conservation efforts are being called "Water Watch" by city leaders.

“In response to drought conditions affecting the Sacramento region and state, the City will be asking City residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10 percent,” said Sacramento City Manager Howard Chan in a news release.

According to officials, residents and businesses can reduce their water usage by shortening landscape-watering time and fixing leaks.

Saving water can also lead to saving money. Customers are encouraged to take advantage of water conservation rebates offered through city programs.

"Activating our Water Shortage Contingency Plan allows us to make effective changes toward reducing water use in the City,” said Bill Busath, director of the Sacramento Department of Utilities. “This is an important step toward managing our water supplies during drought conditions.”

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