Orange Cove council will vote on outdoor watering ban

Posted by Mark Grossi on January 30, 2014 

Usually submerged trees are exposed now at Millerton Lake.

ERIC PAUL ZAMORA — Fresno Bee

UPDATE: Orange Cove Friday afternoon adopted the Level 2 restrictions. Besides the ban on outdoor watering, any leaks must be fixed immediately and new pools cannot be filled.

The City Council of Orange Cove -- a small Fresno County city relying on water from Millerton Lake -- is expected Friday to ban outdoor watering among its 10,000 residents.

The drought may force a zero allocation for east San Joaquin Valley growers who get water from Millerton on the federal Central Valley Project. Orange Cove is one of several city customers affected.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, owner and operator of Friant Dam, is working with local water officials to address possible city shortages. The small communities include Orange Cove and the three Tulare County communities of Lindsay, Strathmore and Terra Bella.

The city of Fresno also buys Millerton water, but Fresno has an extensive system of groundwater wells and probably will not be hit as hard as the smaller communities.

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