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Splash Pad to Remain Closed

April 15, 2016

BLYTHE, Calif Current water conservation mandates issued by the State of California prohibit the City from operating the Splash Pad in Todd Park this summer. The mandates were originally set to expire in February, but the Governor extended the action through October 2016.

The Splash Pad as Seen in Wetter Days

The City of Blythe was issued a Conservation Order by the State Water Resources Control Board for failing to meet an imposed water reduction target of 28% per month compared to usage in the same months of 2013. If the City continues to fail to meet conservation targets, fines up to $500 per day for every day found to be in violation could be issued. If the City begins to meet these targets, water usage at the Splash Pad could be readdressed.

As the reduction is City wide, you can help the City reach mandated conservation targets by:

  • Watering landscaped areas on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays only, and limiting watering to 15 minutes per station per day.

  • Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler. This will save 25 gallons each time you water.

  • Not allowing irrigation water to runoff into a gutter, ditch, drain, driveway, sidewalk, street or onto paved or hard surfaces. This will save 12-15 gallons each time you water.

  • Not watering on rainy days.

  • Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios instead of a hose. This will save 8-18 gallons of water per minute.

  • Not running water to wash vehicles unless you are using a hose equipped with a shutoff nozzle for quick rinses. This will save 8-18 gallons per minute.

  • Repairing breaks, leaks, or other malfunctions in your plumbing system as soon as possible to prevent excessive water loss.

Unfortunately due to the water conservation measures in place we are unable to open a beautiful park amenity for use by our residents this summer. We thank you for your understanding as we continue to work through these issues with our State representatives.

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