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SCV water districts set to vote on yard restrictions next week

Posted: August 7, 2014 7:22 p.m.
Updated: August 7, 2014 7:22 p.m.

 

Santa Clarita Valley residents who live within three local water districts are expected to get a chance to weigh in next week on plans for cutting water use in their districts.

Among the issues expected to be on the agendas of the Santa Clarita Water Division, Newhall County Water and Valencia Water Company are a proposal to limit residential watering to three days a week during the warmer SCV months and two days a week during the cooler months.

The Santa Clarita Valley has never before imposed yard-watering schedules to save water, Newhall County Water District General Manager Steve Cole said recently.

Residents who get their water via the Santa Clarita Water Division can share their concerns about lawn-watering restrictions Wednesday evening when board members of the Castaic Lake Water Agency meet. The division is owned by the agency and its directors are one in the same.

“The Retail Operations Committee met on Tuesday to consider the ordinance that will be presented to the (agency’s) Board of Directors at its Wednesday regular meeting for approval,” said Agency General Manager Dan Masnada. “The approval applies to the Santa Clarita Water Division as a retailer.”

The agency board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rio Vista Water Treatment Plant, 27254 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus.

Residents of the Newhall County Water District can attend its regular board meeting Wednesday, where the proposed lawn-watering schedules are to be addressed.

The board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at district offices, 23780 North Pine Street in Newhall.

Directors of the Valencia Water Company are expected to meet next week for a special session specifically called to discuss the landscape-watering schedules.

Valencia Water General Manager Keith Abercrombie said Thursday he expects to set a date for next week’s meeting by Monday.

“It’s something being done pretty much across the state, in some form or fashion, in order to comply with state regulations,” he said of water-conservation guidelines.

“We have some flexibility on reduction, from an irrigating point of view,” he said.

 

 

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