With drought easing, will Fresno get to turn on its sprinklers as often as Clovis?
With drought easing, will Fresno get to turn on its sprinklers as often as Clovis?.
But at the end of this month, Fresno will change its water-use restrictions that limit customers to outdoor watering on only one day a week to something else – something yet undecided.
In Clovis, where some residents are separated from their Fresno neighbors by a city limit that runs down the middle of a street, the winter/spring change in rules happened on April 1, going from one-day-a-week watering to three days.
Conservation has always been an important part of our strategy; that’s not going to change.span Mark Standriff, city of Fresno spokesman In both Fresno and Clovis, twice-a-week watering was the result of state-mandated water conservation goals before those rules were eased last year if cities could show they had an ample supply.
“When we did two days a week, that’s when we were required to reduce water use by 36 percent,” said Lisa Koehn, assistant public utilities director for the city of Clovis.
Jerry Brown would declare an end to the California drought.
“Conservation has always been an important part of our strategy; that’s not going to change,” Standriff said.
Both Fresno and Clovis are counting on using their allocations of surface water from lakes in the Sierra to help them reduce their reliance on pumped groundwater.
Fresno has a surface water treatment plant in northeast Fresno that produces about 24 million gallons per day.
Winter schedule Rest of the year Fresno Dec. 1 – April 30: One day per week May 1 – Nov. 30: Two days per week* Clovis Nov. 1 – March 31: One day per week April 1 – Oct. 31: Three days per week *Pending possible changes Sources: City of Fresno; City of Clovis