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Roseville Drought Stages: What Do They Mean?


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Roseville, CA-  Lack of rain and not enough water is the simplistic definition of what qualifies as a drought.

When it comes to planning, municipalities adopt certain criteria to help address water shortages. Based on water supply levels that are determined to adequately support  the community, a series of Drought Stages are adopted to combat the effects of water shortages.

Enforcement efforts typically include financial penalties in the form of surcharges as well as enticements for residents and businesses to report others to local authorities to help conserve water.

The Roseville municipal code includes the the following Drought Stages and water conservation goals. 

Roseville Drought Stages and Water Conservation
 

  • Basic Water Conservation Stage ("Basic Stage"). The basic stage shall exist when the city's water supply is adequate to meet all projected demands as determined by the director or designee.
  • Stage One Drought. A stage one drought shall exist when the city's water supply is adequate to meet 90 percent of projected demands as determined by the director or designee. An objective of a stage one drought condition is to reduce water usage by 10 percent. Water shortage surcharges shall be implemented as set forth in Section 14.08.095.
  • Stage Two Drought. A stage two drought shall exist when the city's water supply is adequate to meet 80 percent of projected demands as determined by the director or designee. An objective of a stage two drought condition is to reduce water usage by 20 percent. Water shortage surcharges and excess water use charges shall be implemented as set forth in Section 14.08.095.
  • Stage Three Drought. A stage three drought shall exist when the city's water supply is adequate to meet 70 percent percent of projected demands as determined by the director or designee. An objective of a stage three drought condition is to reduce water usage by 30 percent. Water shortage surcharges and excess water use charges shall be implemented as set forth in Section 14.08.095.
  • Stage Four Drought. A stage four drought shall exist when the city's water supply is adequate to meet 60 percent percent of projected demands as determined by the director or designee. An objective of a stage four drought condition is to reduce water usage by 40 percent. Water shortage surcharges and excess water use charges shall be implemented as set forth in Section 14.08.095.
  • Stage Five Drought. A stage five drought shall exist when the city's water supply is adequate to meet 50 percent or less of projected demands as determined by the director or designee. An objective of a stage five drought condition is to reduce water usage by 50 percent. Water shortage surcharges and excess water use charges shall be implemented as set forth in Section 14.08.095. (Ord. 4724 3, 2009; Ord. 4629 1, 2008; Ord. 2413 2, 1991.)

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