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New Winter Schedule Allows for One Day of Outdoor Watering

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<div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">December 1 is the first day of the winter outdoor watering schedule in the City of Fresno.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Water conservation representatives, such as Lee Rodriguez, are out informing residents about the new rules.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br /> &quot;They’re not aware that the schedule has changed. So we’re looking to inform them that you can only water one day a week now,&quot; Rodriguez says.&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Addresses ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) can only water on Saturdays.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Addresses ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) can only water on Sundays.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Watering is not allowed&nbsp;between 9&nbsp;a.m. and 9 p.m.&nbsp;on those days. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">The rules apply to all City of Fresno water customers–&quot;businesses, schools, residents, multi-family. It applies to everyone,&quot; says Nora Laikam, water conservation supervisor with the City of Fresno.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">On this first day of the new outdoor watering schedule, Rodriguez is making several home visits to address water leaks.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">He’s using this time as an opportunity to educate residents of the new restrictions.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&quot;I’ll leave you this information–that’s for the leak. And this one’s the new watering schedule,&quot; Rodriguez tells Fresno resident Stan Carter as he hands him pamphlets.&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Carter says, as a botanist, he’s very conscious of the California drought, and he has already cut back significantly on his water usage.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &quot;The lawn in the back I’m not worried about. Most of it has died now. But the lawn in the front–we try to keep it green so at least the appearance of the neighborhood is nice,&quot; Carter says.&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Water conservationists with the City of Fresno say, right now, their focus is on getting residents to learn the new schedule.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br /> &quot;At this point, the only reason we would cite a person is if there is the water run-off and the flooding–flooding a neighbor,&quot; Laikam says.&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">The winter watering schedule applies through&nbsp;March 1.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Fines for violating the rules are $45 each time.<br /></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">The City of Fresno’s Water Division can be contacted at (559) 621-5480 with questions or to report water waste.&nbsp;</div></div>

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