City of Orange Asks Residents for Voluntary Water Usage Reduction

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City of Orange water customers are requested to voluntarily limit the irrigation of landscaped areas to Sundays and Thursdays for customers with a street address ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 ) and Saturdays and Wednesdays for water customers with a street address ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9), and to irrigate landscapes only between the hours of midnight and 10:00 am and 8:00 pm to midnight on designated watering days. This is considered a Stage 1 water shortage condition.

This follows a mandatory order in the city of Beaumont’s Stage 3 of the City’s Drought Contingency Plan. The City of Beaumont is requiring all customers to conserve water and minimize or discontinue water use for non-essential purposes during this time and is finig those who don’t comply.

The City Orange request is voluntary and implemented as a cautionary measure due to the extended drought conditions in the region. City of Orange Mayor Spears commented, “We are trying to be proactive and reduce our water usage throughout the city. Let’s cut back so that if there is a problem during this time, we will be in a better position to handle it.”

Spears adds, “For a second comparison, the City of Orange has a population of around 19,000 people vs the City of Beaumont which has a population of over 112,000. Their consumption levels are much higher than what is currently being used here in our city limits; therefore, they have had to issue a stronger response to the situation at hand. Please understand that this is a proactive approach to addressing the possibility of an inclement situation, and it’s my job to ensure that we are always prepared! Hopefully this will be over soon and I ask that everyone understand our precautionary measures to prevent any possible adverse effects to the city’s services.”

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