SALINAS, Calif. - Monterey County has adopted a voluntary water conservation resolution this week, which includes water reduction goals for county staff and departments.
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution encouraging all county staff and other entities to voluntary cut their water use by 20 percent -- unless stricter restrictions already exist in their respective community.
The county plans to cut its water use by 20 percent through outreach and education among its 4,500 employees as well as reducing irrigation and outdoor water use at county buildings and parks.
The water resolution also urges the community to follow conservation practices including:
- Proper repair and setting of irrigation systems to avoid run-off
- Watering at night or during the cool parts of the day and don't water if it is raining
- Fix all plumbing leaks
- Turn off the tap when brushing teeth or shaving
- Keep showers to 5 minutes and install flow restricting shower heads
- Installation of low flush toilets
- Run dishwashers and clothes washers only when full
- Sweep paved areas instead of washing with a hose
The county's Office of Emergency Services has developed a drought conservation webpage filled with conservation, weather and assistance information.
The U.S. Drought Monitor has designated almost all of Monterey County as a "D-4 Exceptional Drought" region, the most severe designation possible.