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Sacramento votes to enact severe water rationing

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — With no end in sight to California’s drought, the Sacramento City Council has voted to enact severe water rationing on residents and businesses, while also boosting enforcement efforts against people who flout the rules.

The Sacramento Bee reports  the unanimous vote Tuesday comes as the region is faced with historically low water levels on the American River and a long-range forecast featuring little, if any, rain.

The council approved regulations requiring those who live and work in Sacramento to reduce their water use by between 20 percent and 30 percent.

The city will also dispatch a task force of monitors to patrol city streets and enforce rules that limit outdoor watering.

A $200,000 public outreach campaign will be launched to persuade residents and businesses to cut back on water consumption.

The Associated Press

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  • Rich RifkinJanuary 16, 2014 - 11:36 pm

    At some point, it seems to me, we need to question rice farming during a drought. I am not sure if rice farmers use 10 times the amount of water that all the people of the city of Sacramento use or 50 times as much. All I know is that, since they stopped burning the rice straw, every rice field is inundated with hundreds of thousands of gallons of water--all of which they get at an extremely low price. And never mind that, if you took away the welfare paid to rice farmers, no one would grow any of it in California. It's uneconomical.

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