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Lakeport City Council to consider declaring stage one water emergency, water conservation

LAKEPORT, Calif. – This week the Lakeport City Council is set to consider declaring a water emergency and implementing water conservation measures.

The council will meet for a closed session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss labor negotiations and a potential case of litigation before convening in open session at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at Lakeport City Hall, 225 Park St.

Public Works Director Mark Brannigan will take to the council the proposed water conservation resolution.

The council will be asked to adopt a resolution declaring a stage one water emergency along with implementing the state's mandatory water conservation regulation.

Brannigan's report explains that the proposed actions result from the State Water Resources Control Board enacting in July new emergency regulatory measures to respond to the state's continuing drought crisis.

The action by the State Water Resources Control Board followed Gov. Jerry Brown's statewide drought emergency declaration in January and an April executive order in which he directed the state water board to adopt emergency regulations to ensure that conservation measures are implemented.

The regulations include a prohibition against outdoor irrigation which causes runoff onto pavement or nonirrigated land; washing a car with a hose that is not equipped with a shut-off nozzle; any application of potable water to driveways or sidewalks; and use of potable water in a decorative fountain which is not recirculating, according to Brannigan's report.

Small water providers like Lakeport, Brannigan said, must implement a simpler conservation plan than its urban counterparts.

Requirements for water suppliers like the city of Lakeport include either limiting outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes with potable water to two days per week or implementing implement water conservation measures to achieve similar reductions compared to water use in 2013, according to Brannigan's report.

“The Stage I water rationing and mandatory water conservation is currently not expected to have a significant impact on the water enterprise revenue for this fiscal year,” Brannigan wrote.

Also on Tuesday, the council will conduct a public hearing and adopt the proposed ordinance amending Chapter 3.04 of the Lakeport Municipal Code establishing a city purchasing system.

The council also will present a proclamation celebrating Mildred Gill’s 100th birthday and offer certificates of appreciation to the sponsors of this year's National Night Out.

The Lakeport Police Department also will give a presentation on a new crime scene scanner.

On the meeting's consent agenda – items considered noncontroversial and usually accepted as a slate on one vote – are ordinances; minutes of the council's regular meeting on Aug. 19 and special meeting on Aug. 25; approval of the application 2014-018 for the annual Sea-Plane Festival to be held Sept. 25 to 28, subject to staff recommendations; and approval of an amendment to Resolution 2490 (2014) authorizing the application for a housing related park grant.

Email Elizabeth Larson at [email protected] . Follow her on Twitter, @ERLarson, or Lake County News, @LakeCoNews.

 

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