The city of Sacramento is moving into Stage One of its water shortage contingency plan.
City Manager Howard Chan made the announcement, requiring a 10% cut in water usage by government entities and encouraging residents to do the same voluntarily. Although, if conditions continue to worsen, the mandate may extend to everyone. Ahead of yet another heat wave in Northern California, the city is also doubling its efforts for various water saving programs, including a cash-for-grass program and pumped-up conservation rebates.
The 10% call came just days ahead of another heat wave. It also follows the city’s announcement that it’s doubling the amount of money available for its various water-saving programs, including a cash-for-grass program and rebates for installing low-flow toilets and irrigation upgrades, according to The Sacramento Bee.