Last week Gov. Jerry Brown proclaimed a drought state of emergency in California.
"This is Mother Nature. We have to live within the resources we have," the governor said.
The call for water conservation has since trickled down to local agencies, including Mid-Peninsula Water District in Belmont. (MPWD)
Although no mandatory cutbacks are in effect yet, MPWD customers are asked to consider ways to reduce consumption.
"The MPWD is reaching out for increased voluntary conservation at this time," said Tammy Rudock, general manager of Mid-Peninsula Water District.
Rudock added that more specific conservation targets will be available after Feb. 1.
Here are some tips that MPWD customers can do today to help conserve:
- Check irrigation system settings.
- Consider replacing lawns with drought tolerant plants
- Participate in MPWD's “Lawn Be Gone” rebate program
- Repair dripping faucets or running toilets.
To obtain a free water consumption kit, contact MPWD at 650.591.8941, or stop by Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 3 Dairy Ln. in Belmont. For more information, go to https://www.midpeninsulawater.org/home.php.
The district's service territory covers approximately five square miles, primarily in Belmont, and serves approximately 28,000 people.