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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.




chefgirl358: Posted: August 8, 2014 12:11 a.m.

Kangaroo court.

castaicjack: Posted: August 8, 2014 1:28 a.m.

Three times per week in the hottest months isn't nearly enough and will kill the lawns. Let the water companies pay for the destruction they impose upon their customers. Meanwhile, unrestrained development continues...

ricketzz: Posted: August 8, 2014 9:33 a.m.

I use non spray dribble from the swamp cooler bleeds, every day that I run swamp coolers. Am I supposed to pour it down the drain 4 days a week, or can I keep spot watering with it?

There needs to be rules for spray watering vs drip irrigation; the same rules can't apply to both.

17trillion: Posted: August 8, 2014 11:08 a.m.

I cant wait to ignore this idiocy. In fact, in preparation for the anticipated passing of this moronic crap, I'm going to over water the hell out of my lawn. And if it does pass and I get warned or fined, I'll just water for an hour on my days.

shenanigans: Posted: August 8, 2014 11:58 a.m.

I'm sorry, but lawns don't belong in Southern California. I agree that a nice lawn looks great, but realistically, nature doesn't want to sustain them here. It becomes a huge waste of resources, and while I realize that we have been raised to believe that a good lawn makes a house look nicer, we need to quit being concerned with appearance, and more concerned with survival. If looks are such a big concern, there are plenty of other landscapes that require much less resources, and still look great and give the appearance of wealth that humans are so concerned about. 2 birds 1 stone.

missyJk: Posted: August 8, 2014 12:29 p.m.

@shenanigans i agree with you on some points...but we have to water our trees we do need trees

17trillion: Posted: August 8, 2014 12:51 p.m.

Residential water in CA makes up approximately 15% of our water usage! We could make residential water usage zero and it wouldn't matter a bit. On the other hand, we flush billions of gallons into the ocean to save a bait fish that doesn't need saving. We want to spend 70 billion on a moronic train instead of spending a fraction of it on water storage and retention. Until we stop the insanity, I say screw it.....

projalice11: Posted: August 9, 2014 12:28 a.m.

"I cant wait to ignore this idiocy. In fact, in preparation for the anticipated passing of this moronic crap, I'm going to over water the hell out of my lawn. And if it does pass and I get warned or fined, I'll just water for an hour on my days."

What an idiotic post ******

ricketzz: Posted: August 9, 2014 9:39 a.m.

"Cutting off your nose to spite your face" is popular in some circles. Like "coal rolling"; buying an impractically large automobile as a political statement; that sort of nonsense.

tgiprize: Posted: August 9, 2014 7:51 p.m.

So tell me.... Are the medians in the middle of the road an odd or even address?

veggietreegirl: Posted: August 12, 2014 2:10 a.m.

It's getting bad and we need to do something about the situation. However, I think there needs to be some common sense. Grass, while lovely, is pretty useless and in severe drought I think it's ok to let it die. However, gardens feed people and are important. I think people should be able to water their gardens. On another note it is my understanding that I will not be affected by this restriction as I am on a private well. Is that correct?

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