Huntington Beach

Drought-fighting rules to be eased?

SOME RESTRICTIONS on watering your lawn could be lifted by the Huntington Beach City Council this week (Flickr/Michael Moll).

The drought is over. Sort of.

At Monday’s meeting, the Huntington Beach City Council will be asked to end some water conservation measures and return to “permanent water conservation requirements.”

In a memo to council members, City Manager Fred Wilson is urging the adoption of a resolution that reflects the improved status of the state’s water supply. The council adopted strict water conservation measures (Level 2) in July 2015, then downgraded to Level 1 in 2016.

“With the Governor declaring an end to the drought on April 7, 2017, staff is recommending the City Council end the Level 1 restrictions and return to the permanent water conservation requirements,” wrote Wilson.

There would still be curbs on water use, including restrictions on washing your car in your concrete driveway and a ban on watering within 48 hours of a “measurable rain event.”
Also on the agenda for Tuesday the council will be asked to approve a request for city departments to compile a list of repair and maintenance issues in the downtown area and start work on them within 30 days.

Such a list would include graffiti and sticker removal, steam-cleaning of sidewalks and gutters and general repairs.

The council will meet in a study session at 4 p.m., with the regular meeting commencing at 6 p.m. in the council chamber at City Hall, 2000 Main St. (at Yorktown Avenue).

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