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Californias drought calls for continued conservation efforts
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Our state is now facing its fourth year of severe drought. Many communities are suffering as a result. Water, one of our most important resources, is in trouble, and we need to continue to do everything we can to protect it - today and into the future.
On March 17, the California State Water Board expanded the Emergency Water Conservation Regulations. While we have saved a great amount of water, there are many more opportunities for us to conserve even greater amounts.
All Californian's are now prohibited from:
• Washing down sidewalks and driveways;
• Watering outdoor landscape in a manner that causes excess runoff;
• Washing a motor vehicle with a hose, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle;
• Operating a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is part of recirculating system; and
• Irrigating turf or ornamental landscapes during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation (rain).

There are also prohibitions affecting commercial businesses, which include:
• Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers on request; and
• Operators of hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily and prominently display notice of this option.

The City of Turlock and State agencies are working on long-term solutions, but in the meantime, it is important that everyone does their part to conserve water. Each week, the City of Turlock will keep residents informed about drought conditions and provide updates on the City's efforts to conserve water. We will also provide information about the various programs and services the City offers and water conservation tips to help customers save water.
For questions or additional information, please contact Municipal Services at 209-668-5590.
- Brought to you by the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department

Water Conservation Tip #1

Toilet Leaks
Toilets are notorious for their silent leaks and can steal thousands of gallons of water. Put a few drops of food coloring to the tank. Do not flush. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within about 10 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded, or bent parts, especially the flapper valve. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed.