Yuba City prepares for water restriction mandate

YUBA CITY, Calif. (KTXL) – Yuba City is gearing up to move from an educational approach to water conservation to enforcement.

The hope is to save water for next year in case the drought persists. It’s a problem that will only get worse over the summer months, but some say it didn’t have to become mandatory.

“Wherever you drive, you can’t escape it, the message to conserve water,” said a resident of Yuba City.

Although the governor recently proposed mandatory water restrictions, Yuba City will be one of the cities to enforce its own restrictions.

“It’s sad. I’ll gladly give up my yard if they can cultivate. I really believe it’s mismanagement,” Yuba City resident Stayce Kemp said.

Kemp isn’t shy about doing her part to help save water, but she worries about the lack of water farmers will get from the state.

Locally, Yuba City began enforcing water restrictions earlier this month. He used May as an educational opportunity, but starting Wednesday he will start the application.

“If the dry weather continues, we really need to maximize conservation now, so we have that availability later,” Yuba City Public Works Director Ben Moody told FOX40 in early May.

The city asks its residents to keep a minimum of 20%. Outdoor water days have been reduced to Mondays and Thursdays, residents must use a hose with a shut-off nozzle, and leaks must be repaired in a timely manner.

Kemp owned a farm in Colusa County. She said she gave it up because she saw the water restrictions getting worse. As farmers struggle, she adds that proposed reservoirs like the sites need to be expedited and state-level water management needs to be better to avoid years like these.

“We are running out of time here. I am almost 60 years old. I’ve never seen that in Colusa County. And after? I will have grandchildren one day, and I would like them to live in this state. But if it continues to be mishandled that way, I don’t know,” she said.

The city recommends people water in the morning and evening to reduce evaporation. The restrictions will be enforced on Wednesday.

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