The emergency ordinance passed by the Bakersfield City Council limiting outdoor watering to three days a week is in affect. Residents with odd-numbered addresses may water Saturday. Those with even-numbered addresses can water Sunday. There is no watering on Monday.
Councilman Terry Maxwell, who appeared on Thursday’s Jaz McKay show on KNZR, said educating city residents about the water crisis is the council’s main goal.
State regulators are ordering some farms to stop pumping from streams for the second year in a row. The State Water Resources Control Board sent a letter Thursday to about 1,500 Central Valley farms and people ordering them to stop taking water for irrigation. The board says not enough water is in rivers and streams in the San Joaquin and Scott River watersheds to meet demand for irrigating crops and other uses.
A woman has admitted she started a home fire last month in Fresno that critically injured a firefighter after he fell through the roof. She was arrested and could face up to seven years in prison if found guilty. The same woman lit herself on fire during a 2009 fight with her boyfriend in Oildale. Fire Captain Pete Dern is being treated at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
There will be traffic delays next week for paving work on Highway 178 near Morning Drive. Drivers can anticipate stopping for up to five minutes between 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. starting on Monday.
The Chevron Weather Center reports there is a 30% chance of rain on Saturday. Highs will be in the 60s. It will be mostly sunny on Sunday with highs in the 70s, warming up Monday with highs in the upper 80s.