Water conservation efforts vary in different cities

With the sun's rays beaming down, kids and parents are looking for ways they can beat the heat across the greater Sacramento area.

"They (kids) have been sweltering," parent Nicole Moraru said. "We just moved from Portland we are not use to this heat."

Sacramento city leaders said with strict water conservation measures in place, so far they've conserved 16 percent -- just shy of their 20 percent goal.

They said people can help them reach their goal by only watering twice a week on designated days, but city leaders are making exceptions.

Officials said kids can turn on home sprinklers to have some fun, but residents should be careful not to over do it

"If we are not seeing it run down the street we don't have a problem with it," Sacramento Water Conservation Coordinator William Granger said. "If we happen to be patrolling and there's no kids out there we will assume someone left the hose on."

In Roseville, the city doesn't have designated watering days, but they're still under a mandatory 20 percent reduction in water usage. Using the different approach, the city has met their goal so far this year.

The city has shut off its water spray parks because the system doesn't recycle the water. Officials also prefer kids to use small kiddie pools or head to the city's public pools to cool off, instead of playing in the sprinklers at home.

"Because if [the water is] running off and causing a huge discharge to the storm drain then that truly is a violation of water waste ordinance," Roseville water outreach spokesperson Lisa Brown said.


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