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Oakley Announces it will Shut Off Water Play Features Prior to July 31

by ECT

Oakley Fountain

The City of Oakley announced Thursday that due to new State Water Regulations adopted Tuesday, the city will be shutting off water play structures prior to July 31st. The play structures at Creekside Park and Nunn-Wilson Park usually remain open until Labor Day.

The fountain in front of City Hall and the new fountain in the Downtown Plaza both will likely remain one because they use water conserving recirculating pumps that were included in the project.

According to the City, the public works and parks team continues to make efforts to conserve water in the parks and other landscaped areas. They will also be reducing watering hours, replacing vandalized sprinkler heads and aging valves and irrigation components, and responding quickly to leaks are just some of the measures being taken.

Residents are strongly encouraged to reduce water usage and their homes and report quickly any instances of water waste.

State Issued Temporary Water Restrictions

All Californians will be affected by the ongoing drought conditions in one form or another, especially if these conditions persist or worsen in 2015. To promote water conservation statewide, the emergency regulations would prohibit each of the following, except in case of health or safety needs or to comply with a term or condition in a permit issued by a state or federal agency:

  • The direct application of water to any hard surface for washing.
  • Watering of outdoor landscapes that cause runoff to adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
  • Using a hose to wash an automobile, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.
  • Using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated.

Violations of prohibited activities are considered infractions and are punishable by fines of $500 for each day in which the violation occurs. Any employee of a public agency charged with enforcing laws may write and issue a ticket to the violator

For more information, here is a detailed look at the regulations adopted Tuesday by the State Water Resource Board.

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Sarah G Jul 18, 2014 - 5:21 am

Another brilliant move by the City of Oakley to build parks and water features without a recirculating pumps. Does Oakley ever do anything right or think long term?

Barbara DuMont Jul 18, 2014 - 8:08 am

Nope–its someone else problem down the road.

CaptainKlutz Jul 18, 2014 - 8:26 am

Given that kids are playing in this water, would you really want them recirculating it? Somebody lets their kid in a diaper go play in that water and imagine what is then going to be spraying on your kid’s head.

Barbara Santos Jul 18, 2014 - 9:31 pm

I’m really happy the fountains on Main Street will remain on. Just looking at them helps cool folks off on a hot summer day. Eating a burrito outdoors on La Costa’s patio or enjoying a cupcake from the Republic of Cake on the plaza across from City Hall by the new fountain is a treat for our whole family.

Where did Antioch go wrong??????? Jul 19, 2014 - 9:39 am

Well barbara , have you been under a rock or just retarded. We are in a drought and you are just happy go lucky watching water being wasted, as you stuff your face. I don’t mean to be harsh but wake up.

Billy Aug 1, 2014 - 3:15 pm

moron, that fountain uses recirculating pumps. Learn to read. I don’t mean to be harsh. Ha ha ha

Where did Antioch go wrong??????? Aug 7, 2014 - 4:18 am

Just because it has recirculating pumps does not mean they never have to add water. Have you ever heard of evaporation. The point I was trying to make is that they should shut them all off because it is still wasting water.

Chuck Jul 19, 2014 - 10:11 am

Soon you will be drinking that recycled filtered crap water. Don’t play it off just yet. There are some pretty good filtration systems out there today.

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