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City’s Parks Department Continues to Cut Water Use Parks’ Water Features to be Turned Off

Post Date:07/25/2014

For Immediate Release                                                         

July 25, 2014

Media Contact
Christopher Beth
Director of Parks Recreation and Community Services

Redwood City, CA – As an additional measure to save water during California’s extreme drought conditions, the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services (Parks) Department will be turning off the water features at Stafford, Stulsaft, Spinas, and Fleishman parks, effective Friday, August 1st, 2014. This action complies with directives from the State Water Resources Control Board, requiring that fountains (and by extension, park water features) using potable water be turned off. The water in those features will remain turned off until such time as the State cancels the directive. Appropriate signage notifying parks users of this situation is being installed.

Each of the larger spray features at these parks can use up to 200 gallons of water per day, depending on how frequently they are activated by park users. While this may not sound like a lot of water, when looked at regionally, and statewide, it has the potential to save a significant amount of drinking water, and it’s Redwood City’s duty to do its part for that wider water conservation effort.

Redwood City’s Parks Department has historically done a great job of conserving water, in both dry and wet years, with the goal of wisely using this natural resource, being environmentally-conscious, and saving on the cost of water. One effort has been to use the City’s recycled water on all of the street medians. Staff is also undertaking renovations to irrigation systems within median areas, replacing traditional fixed spray heads with slow application rate stream rotors. Further, over the past several years plants throughout the City have been converted to drought-tolerant species. Broken or malfunctioning irrigation lines, valves, or sprinkler heads are immediately repaired when discovered. All of the City’s large parks (and many smaller ones) have “smart” irrigation controllers that automatically control the flow of water based on weather conditions and will shut down the system and alert staff when there are line breaks.

Through these and other water-saving efforts, Redwood City is setting the standard for reducing water use in municipal operations.

During the water feature shutdown, the City greatly appreciates the community’s patience and understanding that such measures are necessary during these extreme drought conditions. The City also encourages residents and business operators to visit for information, tips, and resources for saving water every day.

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