Special City Council Meeting Regarding Mandatory Water Conservation on June 18, 2013

The Sierra Madre City Council has scheduled a Special Council meeting to discuss the implementation of Mandatory Water Conservation Measures. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 18th at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers at 232 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard. The meeting is open to the public and the Council encourages interested individuals to attend the meeting.

On May 28th, mandatory water conservation measures were implemented due to the declining supply of water in the underground aquifer that supplies 90 to 95% of Sierra Madre’s water. There are a number of reasons for the decline in the aquifer, including lower than normal rainfall, restrictions to the City’s adjudicated right to pump water, lower than normal spreading of water at the City’s spreading basins, and increased consumption by the City’s water customers.

While water conservation is always important, the low level of available groundwater resulted in the implementation of additional water conservation measures. The Sierra Madre Municipal Code provides for the implementation of mandatory water conservation regulations in times of water-related emergencies. The water conservation measures require each water customer to conserve a percentage of their water use. The City understands that it can be difficult to achieve the designated water conservation targets, so in response to comments received about the City’s conservation program, a special Council meeting was scheduled. The Mandatory Water measures will be the main topic of discussion.

For a copy of the agenda for the June 18th meeting, or for additional information about water conservation, please visit the City’s website at www.cityofsierramadre.com or at www.cityofsierramadre.com/water-conservation.