Some Unhappy with Willits Emergency Level Downgrade

Thanks to the recent rains in Feb­ru­ary and March, The Willit’s City reser­voirs now con­tain more water on this date than in any year since at least 2003 with the excep­tion of 2010. As a result, the Willits City Coun­cil has voted to reduce their water emer­gency level from Phase V to Phase IV. But not every­one was happy with the deci­sion. Coun­cil­man Bruce Bur­ton was the sole vote against the res­o­lu­tion. Phase IV con­tin­ues to restrict com­mer­cial and indus­trial users to use 25 per­cent less than last year. Bur­ton expressed con­cern that con­tin­u­ing to restrict water usage by com­mer­cial busi­nesses was hav­ing an eco­nomic impact on many of them. He was also con­cerned about the loss of rev­enue to the city’s water fund result­ing from the con­ser­va­tion mea­sures. There were also some res­i­dents who were against the res­o­lu­tion because they sup­port con­tin­u­ing stage Phase V restrictions.