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To minimize evaporation and maximize saturation, experts suggest watering at 4 a.m.
Desalinated water is very expensive to produce. Water conservation is the first strategy because it is far more cost effective.
To conserve water, the City has taken these actions:
• The City has installed irrigation system upgrades and “smart” weather-based irrigation controllers.• The City has installed an electronic weather station at Public Works to coordinate twenty-seven “smart” irrigation controllers currently in use.• New landscaped areas have been equipped with “smart controller” evapotranspiration-based irrigation systems. • Staff regularly reviews the feasibility of retrofitting existing irrigation systems with “smart” irrigation technology.• Staff proactively turns off irrigation prior to rain events and keeps irrigation off until absolutely necessary. • Staff is evaluating where water can be turned off during drought conditions. The public may notice brown, stressed turf and plants at public facilities during this process. • Some landscaping has been replaced with mulch and California-friendly plants. • Staff is evaluating and monitoring water use at all parks to determine additional conservation strategies. • City-maintained landscaping is being prioritized to reduce and eliminate irrigation needs by using native plants and fine-tuning irrigation systems. YourGOV App
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The City, as a practice, will continue to improve its facilities and irrigation systems to reduce water usage.
Although the recent rains throughout California have helped alleviate the intensity of the drought, a portion of the State remains under drought conditions. The state is expected to review its mandatory conservation measures in late spring.