City of Lakeport encourages water conservation efforts

LAKEPORT, Calif. — The city of Lakeport is asking residents to conserve water in light of continuing dry conditions and a new gubernatorial executive order.

On Monday, March 28, Gov. Gavin Newsom released Executive Order N-7-22 requiring public water agencies to enhance water conservation rules.

The winter rainy season is nearing a close with California heading into a third year of severe drought.

Many areas across California, including Lake County, have seen sunny, warmer-than-normal weather in January, February and March, during what should be the wettest months of the year, a trend that scientists say is worsening due to climate change.

Despite this week’s rain, March also will finish with below-average rain and snow.

Overall, 93% of California is in a severe drought now — up from 65% a year ago. All northern California counties are in a severe or extreme drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly report put out by the federal government and the University of Nebraska.

The city of Lakeport relies on groundwater wells in the Scotts Valley area along with treated water from Clear Lake for the city’s potable water needs. Both sources are vulnerable due to the current and forecasted drought conditions.

The city of Lakeport strongly encourages its customers to conserve water whenever possible.

Additional water use mandates may be issued in the future and the city reminds customers that the following wasteful water usage practices are currently prohibited per Lakeport City Council Resolution No. 2630 (2017):

• Hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes;
• Washing automobiles, boats, RVs, etc. with hoses not equipped with a shut-off nozzle;
• Using non-recirculated water in a fountain or other decorative water feature;
• Watering lawns in a manner that causes runoff, or within 48 hours after measurable precipitation; and
• Irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians.