Watering restrictions, GA bylaws on agenda

By BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

The weather is beginning to warm and the Indian Wells Valley Water District lifted some of its watering restrictions this month. In accordance with the district’s Ordinance 100, customers may return to landscape watering three days per week.

Customers with even-numbered addresses are permitted to water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while customers with odd-numbered addresses may water Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

District customers used 35.4 percent less water last month than they did in February 2013, placing the cumulative savings since then at 21.9 percent. While customers are achieving the 20-percent conservation rate established by the water district last year, IWVWD General Manager Don Zdeba reminds customers to remain conservation conscious.

“Consideration should be given to weather conditions when deciding when to transition to watering more than one day a week,” he said.

The IWVD Board of Directors will meet Monday, March 13, 6 p.m. at the district office. In addition to a full report on water use and conservation from Zdeba, the board will continue the community discussion on the draft bylaws for the IWV Groundwater Authority.

Members of the community have raised concerns to multiple member agencies, which include Kern County, the Ridgecrest City Council and the IWVWD, over the past several weeks.

Many valley residents, specifically private well owners and agricultural users, are concerned about their ability to provide input during the development of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the IWV.

For agendas, details on watering ordinances or more information, visit www.iwvwd.com.

Story First Published: 2017-03-10