CBS47 On Your Side: Selma residents get drought notices, demand answers from city officials

CBS47 On Your Side

SELMA, California (KGPE) – We all know it’s important to conserve water, but are we still in a drought?

California water officials say “no!”

But a number of residents in Selma got a notice on their door telling them we are in a drought and that’s why stage 3 water restrictions are in place.

They called CBS47 to straighten it out.

Selma resident Jenny Wright was confused. She says, “We don’t have a regular lawn, and my plants are dying.”

She and others in Selma say they don’t understand why they got a notice on their door.

Wright says, “I’m wondering what it is going to do to our water bill? Will there be additional fees.”

Carlos Blanco, who also lives in the area says, “California is not in a drought, why is the city doing this? I did call them and they said the drought was on. We were only able to water three days on my side of the street.”

CBS47 spoke with Selma city officials and the water company for the area, which is California Water Service.

Both agencies told CBS47 they never put out any notices on residents’ doors.

California Water Service, Local Manager Steve Johnson says, “We are assuming someone came into the office because the flyers are here in the foyer. We are assuming someone came in and then dropped them off on people’s doorsteps.”

Some in the community were concerned about drought surcharges but Johnson tells CBS47 they were lifted in July of 2016 and doesn’t think he will see them again unless a major drought takes place.

Johnson adds any water restrictions are up to each city and its city council.

Johnson says Selma’s city council has not changed its water restriction since the height of the drought.

So what are the rules?

  • Residents with even-numbered addresses can water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
  • Residents with odd-numbered addresses can water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
  • No one is allowed to water anything on Monday.
  • Watering is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • You are allowed to wash your vehicle, but you must have a nozzle with a positive shut-off.

For more information, you can call the city of Selma at (559) 891-2200.

As a result of CBS47’s story, both the Selma City Council and California Water Services plan to take a closer look at the water restrictions for the city and change the wording of the pamphlet, if not the regulations themselves.

We will keep you updated.

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