Water restrictions this summer, what that means for you and your grass

Posted at 12:28 PM, Jun 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 20:39:01-04

With the persistent drought, fast melting snow and summer here, officials are working hard on getting the word out to continue to save water.

Wednesday night at the Bakersfield City Council meeting, City Water declared their summer water savings rate will be 9%. This compared to the state mandated 32% last summer.

Rudy Valles, Cal Water District Manager, said they are analyzing their water consumption to create a savings goal, which Valles projects to come out mid June.

Valles said currently, because of the rain, the state has left it up to water purveyors to enforce water savings.

"Six months from now they're going to determine what that goal number is going to be...and that is going to be permanent," Valles said.

So what does it mean to save 9% of your water compared to your 2013 rate?

To locals, it means continuing to turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, taking quick showers and watering outdoors in the early morning or late evening. 

Experts with Kern Green suggest you water your lawn three times a week, 7-15 minutes each to keep it green. 


Kathy Simonson, 74, believes everyone should save water, and those who don't upset her. "It makes me want to get out my ninja suit.... If everybody does their part, it's a win win all the way around."

Another West Chester resident, Sara Massey, says everyone needs to continue to save water. "I'm going to still conserve as much as I can," saying she hopes others in the city and Kern County remain conservation minded.