Water usage on property owned or maintained by the City of Fullerton is down 12% from July through September of 2014 when compared with the same period in 2013, said Dave Schickling, the city's water systems manager.
"Use by both public and private water customers in Fullerton is down 6% from July through September, compared with a year ago," Schickling added. “The City of Fullerton will continue to implement a water conservation plans for our buildings, parks and medians.”
In 2008, anticipating the shortage of water in the southland, the City announced a mandated 10% reduction for all city-owned property including parks, city buildings, medians, and parkways. Data released by Fullerton City Hall indicates that water consumption for property owned or maintained by the city has reduced by an average of 21% over the past six years.
In addition to reductions in usage, the Fullerton City Council has implemented a number of policies that has reduced water use, and at the same time, maintain the quality and safety of public facilities. According to Hugo Curiel, Fullerton’s Director of Parks and Recreation, “the City Council recognized the need to lower our water usage and over the past six years, we’ve proactively taken measures to be more strategic in our usage. From using synthetic turf to investing in drought-tolerant plants in our parks, medians and landscape areas, our team at City Hall has worked effectively to conserve water resources.”
With the significant impact of the drought an ongoing concern, most residents will see the impacts in our parks and sports fields. Added Curiel, “In the months to come, we’ll also be reseeding several of our fields. While daytime watering may be necessary for short periods of time, this process of “rebuilding” the turf will, in the long run, result in more efficient use of our water resources and net us a savings. We’re accomplishing all this while increasing the safety and enjoyment in our parks for our residents and youth sports organizations.”