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Will Redding enact water restrictions?
Q. We moved to Redding late last year. The biggest issue we see is the surrounding counties declaring water shortages and emergency cutbacks. Where does Redding’s residential water come from and is it possible the city will be subject to water shortages in this drought?
A. No water rationing or tiered pricing connected to the amount of water used are being planned right now, said Assistant Director of Public Works Ryan Bailey. The city has a four-tier drought contingency plan based on drought severity, under Redding Municipal Code. The city’s at Stage 1, the lowest tier.
“Currently, we don’t have anything in place as far as a mandatory contingency for conservation, it’s all voluntary. That doesn’t mean it won’t change here in the future, that’s always a consideration” if conditions change, he said.
Redding gets its water from three sources. The Sacramento River’s…