Neighbor calls out elementary school for water waste

CITRUS HEIGHTS - A Citrus Heights woman said she's been carefully gathering evidence against her neighbor, a public school.

The trail of dirt leading from Woodside Elementary School grounds to a street drain is a tell-tale sign of water run-off. News10 cameras recorded sprinklers going off after dark on Thursday causing run off, a clear violation of the Citrus Heights Water District's Stage 3 ban on run-off.

"We are threatened with fines. I have no idea if they are also," Woodside neighbor Jan Newton said.

Now, the school is facing fines. News10 contacted the water district after Newton reported the water waste. The general manager said now that they're aware of problem, the school will face fines in the future if the runoff continues, but the hope is to stop the waste.

Newton snapped a photo of what appeared to be a broken sprinkler head. After her reports, the school is reportedly inspecting its system for damages.

"This is something that everybody needs to work together as a team," Newton said. "It's a team effort, and this is our habitat."

The water district said in the days ahead, they will conduct a water audit of the school to look for trouble spots like broken sprinkler heads. After that, the school will be assigned a water schedule.


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