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Folsom residents asked to cut back water usage

By From page A3 | January 01, 2014

Right before Christmas Folsom officials sent out an unusual holiday message: Reduce your water use by 20 percent.

Folsom Lake water levels at near record lows prompted the mandate.

“Folsom Lake, our primary water source, is now at 21 percent capacity, a near record low,” said Folsom City Manager Evert Palmer. “This low water level, combined with critically dry weather conditions, necessitates immediate action to conserve water and protect our water supply.”

Both businesses and residential water customers must comply. Those who choose to water are restricted to two days per week (with the exception of drip irrigation, which may be conducted any day).

  • Residents with street numbers that end in an even number water on Wednesday and Sunday.
  • Those with street addresses that end in an odd number may only water on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
  • No watering is permitted on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Avoid excessive watering that runs off onto sidewalks, streets and gutters.
  • Washing of streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks or buildings is prohibited except as necessary for health, sanitation or fire protection.

The city’s water conservation specialists offer assistance to help residents conserve water. Free consultations may be scheduled by calling (916) 355-7252 or e-mailing [email protected]. To report a water service problem or water break emergency after business hours or on weekends and holidays call (916) 985-4848.

Additional information is posted on the city’s website at folsom.ca.us.

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