Simi Valley outdoor watering to be restricted to once a week

With California in a severe, prolonged drought, the Simi Valley City Council Monday night adopted a resolution limiting outdoor watering to one day a week starting June 1.

With California in a severe drought, the Simi Valley City Council Monday night adopted a resolution limiting outdoor watering to one day a week starting June 1.

“We are at a point in time where we are literally having to figure out if we’re going to have water for health and safety and food,” Councilwoman Ruth Luevanos said. “Every drop of water counts.”

The council’s resolution comes after the boards of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Calleguas Municipal Water District late last month declared a water shortage emergency which also limits outdoor watering to once a week.

Ventura County Waterworks District No. 8, whose board of directors is the Simi Valley City Council, contracts with Calleguas to deliver water imported by Metropolitan from the State Water Project. The city in turn sells the water to about two-thirds of its water customers.

The city resolution only applies to those customers.

Golden State Water Co. supplies water to the remaining one-third of the world customers. City officials are in talks with Golden State to adopt its own resolution limiting its Simi Valley customers to outdoor watering once a week, City Manager Brian Gabler said Wednesday.