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Irrigation regulations imposed on residents of Truckee

Updated: Friday, August 22 2014, 11:06 PM PDT
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TRUCKEE, Calif. -- California water conservation efforts are hitting home in northern Nevada. State emergency regulations demand a cut to irrigation and Truckee Donner Public Utilities District officials are limiting Truckee area irrigation systems to two uses per week.

The agency is relying on complaints to catch those abusing water privileges and fines begin at the second violation.

Conservation Manager Steven Poncelet said Truckee is in a drought, but the town has no water shortage. "We’re really trying to take the heightened awareness and turn it into action. We should conserve water today, tomorrow and every day in the future whether we’re in a drought or not."

The Tahoe watershed begins in Truckee and flows down to Pyramid Lake. Therefore, Poncelet said conserving water near Tahoe helps resources here in northern Nevada. "A lot of people are concerned about the drought. Even before the state took action, I got a lot of calls on, 'What can I do to help?'"

These California drought regulations became official July 29 and last 278 days.Irrigation regulations imposed on residents of Truckee
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