City Council proposes lower water wasting fines

City Council proposes lower water wasting fines

REDDING, Calif. - The Redding City Council met Tuesday night to discuss water restrictions in detail.

The Public Works Department has started to print out warnings to leave on doors at homes and businesses that have been reported for wasting water.

On the agenda at the meeting was a staff recommendation to lower the citation amount from $275 to $50.

The citation process has four steps. Public Works Director Brian Crane explained these steps are designed to educate and inform.

"The intent really is to provide a warning, advanced warning, before we really get to citations," Crane said.

The first step, after officials receive a complaint, is to place a yellow door hanger on the home or business.

Second, a water utility staff member will verify the reported water wasting and leave a similar red warning tag to emphasize the violation.

The third step is a formal letter; the last warning before a citation would be processed.

Crane also said he has seen a difference in the two weeks since the ordinance started.

"Already for August our water usage for the month is down 20 percent compared to where it was last year," Crane said. "And if you look at the last week. We are down 24 percent."

As a reminder, a few important water-wasting rules are currently in place.

  1. You cannot allow water to run off into sidewalks, driveways or parking lots.
  2. You cannot use a hose without a shut-off nozzle.
  3. You cannot water sidewalks and driveways with drinking water.
  4. You cannot use water in a fountain unless it comes from a recycling system.
  5. Watering outdoors can only happen between 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  6. Customers whose street address ends with an odd number may only water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
  7. Customers whose street address ends with an even number may only water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

If a customer has a complaint they are told to go to

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