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.