Water Conservation High Priority

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Article courtesy of Melissa Murphy | August 15, 2015 | The Reporter | Shared as educational material

Solano County chose to move forward with water conservation efforts at 16 identified building and landscaping projects.

The board unanimously approved the 12 landscape projects and four building projects up to $500,000 as part of “ongoing efforts to reduce water use in county facilities.”

Additionally the board agreed to an update of a portion of its General Plan.

The water conservation projects for landscape include the Annex Lawn next to the Old Courthouse in Fairfield, 36 landscaped squares in front of the County Administration Center, veterans buildings, Nut Tree Airport, and the Sandy Beach and Lake Solano parks.

The building projects include the Health and Social Service Clinic as well as its headquarters, both in Fairfield; additional county buildings, and the kitchens at the Sheriff’s Administration Main Jail and Claybank Detention Facility.

In all the county anticipates a reduction of water by 51 percent.

Other water projects, those completed since 2013, have reduced annual landscape water use by approximately 4 million gallons by using automated irrigation controls and drip system, along with an irrigation monitory management system. Additionally the county also replaced the inefficient irrigation systems.

Supervisors warned that while conserving water is key, letting trees die could become a hazard and a balance should be maintained.

County staff agreed.

Meanwhile, the board agreed to update Solano County Public Health and Safety chapter in its 2008 General Plan, bringing the chapter into compliance with recent state legislation.

The update incorporates an updated floodplain mapping prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Water Resources, as well as an update to fire hazard and responsibility area mapping prepared by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

The next meeting of the Solano County Board of Supervisors is scheduled for Aug. 25.

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