Mayor Jerry Sanders sent out a release today reminding everyone in the region to turn their sprinklers off because it’s raining.

Sanders urged residents to keep their sprinklers off for seven to 10 days after the rain.

“The ongoing drought and other challenges to our water supply force us to be smart in the way we use water. Keeping our sprinklers off is the smart move,’ the mayor said in the release.

With our story today about CalTrans, which has been spotted irrigating parts of Highway 163 in the rain, I asked Darren Pudgil, the mayor’s spokesman, whether Sanders was trying to send a message to the state agency, the city’s fourth-largest water user.

“It was not targeted to CalTrans,” Pudgil said. “But obviously we are encouraging everyone including CalTrans to refrain from watering in the rain.”


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