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Wednesday, 02 July 2014 14:35

Water Wasters Reported, Fined by the City of Turlock

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Water Wasters Reported, Fined by the City of Turlock Submitted/TurlockCityNews.com
It’s no big surprise that California is in a drought, but perhaps the state’s and yes, even Turlock’s, dirty little secret is that many people are wasting water with full knowledge of the rules for water conservation.

City of Turlock Regulatory Affairs Manager Garner Reynolds says the City is, first and foremost, looking to educate the public about the benefits of saving water and ways to conserve water.

The City offers water education via media outreach, information through postal distribution, and even offers water audits for customers who are looking to improve their water conservation efforts.

However, despite the best efforts to educate and inform, fines are assessed.
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Water wasters beware, there are plenty of ways to get caught, and for those who witness water being wasted it is very easy to report the offenders.

Reynolds explained the City has two code enforcement officers out and about looking for violations like watering on the wrong day, watering on the days when there is no watering allowed, and they are educating people who are wasting water as well.

This spring, when it became abundantly clear the state would be in for a significant drought Reynolds said more calls for code enforcement came in, as well as when the City adopted increased water rates.

“At this time we do not have any statistics but in talking to code enforcement personnel they indicated that calls increased during those times but after a week or so they go back down,” said Reynolds.
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Water violation fines begin at $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second, $100 for the third, and $250 for the fourth and each subsequent violation.

Like with many things the City often relies on the community to be it’s eyes and ears; not only for residents but also for the City’s own water conservation efforts. It is very easy to report water waste.

The easiest way is to visit the City of Turlock’s website and fill out the online reporting form, or you can simply call Municipal Services at 209-668-5590.

For information on the City of Turlock water schedule or watering rules, visit Turlock Municipal Services website page.
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Comments (10)

  1. Turlock Resident

This is too funny! Has the city tried driving down Monte Vista or Countryside Drive at night and see the amount of water on the road, does this mean they are going to be fined?! Yeah, I didn't think so!

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  1. turlock resident

It's a shame that the city of turlock depends on us to be their eyes. I know for a fact a city employee drives around my neighborhood yet she has not given warnings or fines to the man who washes his truck a few times a month or do something...

It's a shame that the city of turlock depends on us to be their eyes. I know for a fact a city employee drives around my neighborhood yet she has not given warnings or fines to the man who washes his truck a few times a month or do something about the amount of water being wasted at the park in our neighborhood. They want us to do part of their job, but will it make a difference if some of their employees don't seem to be doing squat anyways. The only reason the city is restricting our water usage, even before the drought is so that they have more water to waste.

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  1. Turlocker

As soon as the City starts conserving water, then the citizens will start. The amount if waste is truly amazing! Hey city council, city water inspectors, check your own house before assessing fines on the people of this city.

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  1. Mike Coxpissedoff

Dear city of turlock you are not my parents. You can't make me do as you say not as you do. Well I guess you can by fining me and arresting me. It's not right that you can do this. Go correct your issues around town with your over watering then...

Dear city of turlock you are not my parents. You can't make me do as you say not as you do. Well I guess you can by fining me and arresting me. It's not right that you can do this. Go correct your issues around town with your over watering then come after us. I'm sure most of us are doing our part. Do yours.

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  1. Joe Taxpayer

I just read that the city of Turlock is selling water to farmers acrossed the valley, and now they want to fine us for wasting water? Why should we stop washing our cars, so the city and some rich farmer can make a profit off our sacrifice?

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  1. Alexandra

Just the other day, there was a certain elementary school watering their grass (and sidewalk) in the middle of the day - do we report schools too? Parks? Also, I am curious - in a drought, how are car washes allowed to function? Is there a...

Just the other day, there was a certain elementary school watering their grass (and sidewalk) in the middle of the day - do we report schools too? Parks? Also, I am curious - in a drought, how are car washes allowed to function? Is there a special way in which they don't waste water?

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  1. T

How much water is wasted every day at the Broadway and Columbia Park water parks?
How much water does the city waste irrigating the median and flooding Countryside Drive.
We came home Tuesday night about 11:00 and the sprinklers were spraying...

How much water is wasted every day at the Broadway and Columbia Park water parks?
How much water does the city waste irrigating the median and flooding Countryside Drive.
We came home Tuesday night about 11:00 and the sprinklers were spraying the roadway.
The City of Turlock needs to practice what it preaches. Your little water nazi should not be telling anyone how or when to water.

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  1. Really

All I know is I have a meter on my water and I have to pay for what I use so I see that as I can use whatever I want I pay for it. How can you tell people they can't use the water if they pay for it?

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The water @ both parks is recycled, do you understand what that means?

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  1. Joe Blow

What a joke!

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