For over the past year, the water situation in Cloverdale has been improving. It has come to the point that the City Council already scaled back the conversation measures that it’s asking of both the businesses and the residents.
The reduction in the water consumption and plugging leaks in the major pipelines in the city resulted in a drop of about 37%, which has exceeded the 25% goal of the city. Drilling of two main wells in the city, together with the easing of drought, have contributed to a less precarious outlook for the Cloverdale. This then results the City Council on a 4-0 vote on Wednesday and decided to drop the mandatory water reduction program and make all of the conservation measures a voluntary action.
In terms of the practical effect, the lawns won’t be going brown. The residents will not be having the need to apply to the City Hall for the permission to water their turf and even water their newly planted landscaping. The only thing is that, residents are still requested to conserve water voluntarily by running their automatic sprinklers at night and every other day. Hosing down the sidewalks as well as driveways and using shut-off valves for washing vehicles are requested as well.
The voluntary 20% reduction goal of Cloverdale brings it into the conformity with other cities on the North Coast. According to Mayor Bob Cox, “the residents have changed the culture of how they responsibly use water.” He even stated that achieving the voluntary goal of 20% pose no problem, making sense of lowering the threshold from the Stage II level of water conversation back to the Stage I. Furthermore, Cox said that there’s a situation of “quality-of-life” and people have sacrificed for a while.”
Based on a water conservation report in the state, from 2013-2014, Cloverdale has about 37% reduction, which appears to be the highest among the water providers in North Coast. During such period, there was a 34% reduction that the Valley of the Moon Water District has achieved, 26% for Healdsburg, 23% for Santa Rosa, 18% for the Rohnert Park, Windsor and Ukiah. There’s also 15% for the Petaluma, and 3% in the city of Sonoma.
On the other hand, there were reportedly no figures included for the Sebastopol and Cotati, since the state only collects data from the water suppliers, with about 3,000 connections.
The Spokesperson of the State Water Quality Control Board, George Kostyrko said that the San Francisco, Central and North Coast regions are aware of where the water really comes from and how essential it is to conserve.
Enhancing any of the water conservation is also being mandated, as the state is about to go through the fourth drought year and the snowpack in Sierra is at a low level already.
According to city officials, the situation over water supply in Cloverdale has great improved, since the City Council has ended a moratorium, late last year, on the new water hookups. The moratorium allowed about 47-unit affordable housing unit and senior living facility, which are yet to be approved.