Phase V Water Shortage Emergency in Willits

The Willits City Coun­cil has declared a Phase V Water Short­age Emer­gency, due to drought con­di­tions. It calls for the most strin­gent water con­ser­va­tion mea­sures effec­tive imme­di­ately. This means Willits busi­nesses must reduce water use by 35 per­cent com­pared to last year and res­i­den­tial users can use no more than 150 gal­lons of water per day. All exter­nal water­ing and wash­ing of hard sur­faces is banned. Some mod­est water­ing of gar­dens may be allowed. The coun­cil also autho­rized the first steps to have an emer­gency sup­ply in place within 90 days. They’ll likely dig wells.