City of Fresno increases water restrictions

Fresno residents will be limited to watering two times per week.
FRESNO, Calif. -- The City of Fresno said starting August 1st, "Stage 2" water restrictions will go into effect. The new restrictions include limiting summer outdoor irrigation to a twice a week during summer months and prohibiting outdoor irrigation during winter months and increasing water waste monitoring.

"While we have already implemented a strong water conservation program, we continue to experience a dramatic drop in our groundwater level," said Fresno City Manager Bruce Rudd. "This ongoing reduction, combined with elimination or reduction of our surface water allocations and coupled with the State Water Board's directive, requires that we elevate our Water Shortage Contingency Plan to a Stage 2 level."

Water users in Fresno will not see any immediate changes in fines for over-watering. Currently, the City of Fresno first issues a warning for wasting water on outdoors uses followed by a $45 per day fine at a maximum of four citations. The City has the authority to discontinue water services after the fifth citation.