As a result of low rainfall, residents in Grover Beach are now being encouraged to preserve more water — to refill pools only to maintain water levels, to wash vehicles only if there’s a shut-off nozzle on the hose and to refrain from washing off sidewalks or roadways, for example.
The Grover Beach City Council voted unanimously Monday to declare a Stage II water shortage for the 2013-14 rain year that began July 1.
This year the city saw less than 50 percent of its benchmark rainfall, with 10.6 inches recorded at Lopez Lake and 8.5 inches at the City Corporation Yard, according to staff reports.
Grover Beach residents won’t notice much change following the new designation because it still requires only voluntary water conservation; they will not be penalized for water use.
The city will now pursue education efforts to inform the public about water consumption, as well as look into other conservation methods.
If the average rainfall continues to decline, the council could choose to declare a Stage III water shortage next year. This would result in mandatory reduction efforts and penalties for excessive water use.