Questions have arisen as to how a private citizen goes about reporting wasteful water use. Not only are neighbors concerned when they see water running into the gutters, but seeing broken sprinklers shoot off excess water at local parks has left some feeling a bit steamed.
Both Tracy and Mountain House have implemented ways to report broken sprinklers or individuals who are water wasters.
In Tracy, you can report via the city’s website: www.ci.tracy.ca.us. On the home page, first click on “Contact Us” at the top right-hand corner and then click on the “Contact Form” button, which will take you to “Government Outreach.” For those without Internet, you can call 831-6300.
“We are averaging around three to five calls a day reporting things,” Stephanie Reyna-Hiestand, water manager for Tracy, said. “It’s important when reporting broken sprinklers at parks to give us as much detail as possible. When we go out there, the water may not be on. So we need a lot of detail. If citizens see things like broken sprinklers, please let us know.”
If you reside in Mountain House, you can report broken sprinklers and wasteful water use by going to the Community Services District website: www.mountain
housecsd.org. Once on the home page, click on the “Service Request” button found on the left-hand side. Those without Internet can call 831-2300.
“In the last few weeks, we have seen an increase in reports,” Gabe Karam, interim general manager, said. “People are trying to comply with the water conservation ordinance we passed in Mountain House last month.”
Neighborhoods are gearing up for the 31st annual National Night Out, which will take place on Aug. 5. This annual event encourages neighbors to get together in the spirit of bringing awareness to crime prevention. If you’re new in a neighborhood, this is a great way to meet your neighbors.
In Tracy, police, fire and city officials will visit registered neighborhoods from 6 to 9 p.m. Registration is free. The deadline to register is Monday at Tracy Police Department, 1000 Civic Center Drive. For more information, call crime prevention specialist Vivian Mendoza at 831-6614.
Mountain House will have a communitywide National Night Out from 7 to 9 p.m. at Central Community Park, located at 25 E. Main St. There will be local vendors on hand and a special kids area. Residents are encouraged to take a picnic dinner and a potluck dish to share. For more information, contact Melissa Saldana at 597-1022.
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