City council made a decision late last week to cut back 40% of business and residential water use until next winter, at least.
"Annoyance," said Bill Masterson. "I am still annoyed. We are trying to find a solution."
Masterson lives in the Fitch Mountain Villas. After this city turned off the water, last Friday, the neighborhood association hired a truck to bring in reclaimed water at a cost of $5,000 a month.
"We're doing triage basically," said Masterson.
And the city has put teeth into it with possible fines for those who will not comply.
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"Take a picture of Lake Mendocino and you will see," said Healdsburg Mayor Evelyn Mitchell. "It looks like a puddle and that is where we get our water."
Indeed, on April 20, Governor Gavin Newsom stood on the dry, cracked lakebed and declared a two-county drought emergency that has only grown more widespread in the weeks since.
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"40% of last year is impossible," said Chef Dustin Valette.
He hopes the council takes that measure from another year besides 2020 when his famous restaurant and other businesses struggled through COVID-19.
Already, Valette has taken to soaking potatoes rather than rinsing them.
He now uses melted ice in champagne buckets to water his plants.
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And, he has begun selling bottled water from Norway. The Norwegian water sells for $8 per bottle.
"It helps out a little bit," chuckled Valette.
In 2021 Healdsburg, they say that about every single drop.
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