Stinson Beach water alert

04/04/2013

Stinson Beach residents and property owners are being asked to reduce landscape irrigation by 50 percent under a stage-two alert issued by the water district. General Manager Ed Schmidt told the Light in a phone interview that the district evaluates alerts on a monthly basis and explained that the district had skipped a stage-one alert because of low rainfall and increased tourism due to warm weather. Under the alert, people can be cited for “flagrant water use,” Mr. Schmidt said. Though that is not a fee, he added, residents who appear to be using a substantial amount of water for landscaping may be approached by the district. “With low rainfall, warmer weather, and the increase of population drawn to the beach area over these past few months, the natural streams and creeks, which indirectly serve as an indicator of the district’s groundwater supply, have declined,” an official notice read.