Dry Weather Might Cost You

This dry weather might start hit­ting your pocket book. First there’s the poten­tial loss in rev­enue. If the dry con­di­tions con­tinue, and the Russ­ian River isn’t flow­ing, Ukiah Pub­lic Works Direc­tor Tim Erik­sen says the lack of irri­ga­tion could cost the city $1.7 mil­lion in rev­enue. Mike Sweeney, man­ager of the Men­do­cino Solid Waste Man­age­ment Author­ity, sug­gested that the city should con­sider imple­ment­ing a drought sur­charge on water rates, in addi­tion to using reclaimed water as soon as pos­si­ble. Ukiah remains under a Stage 1 order for con­ver­sa­tion. Willits recently moved to Stage 3.