Selma Water in the Streets? Crackdown to Begin Soon

The state continues to sound the alarm over the severe drought.

But, while people in Selma say they are doing their part to conserve water, they fear their city may not be doing its part.

"There's times you see water running off into the street, or from the dividers," says Justin Winter.

He lives on the northeast part of the city, near Dockery Avenue.

For at least three weeks now, the street has been covered nightly with water from sprinklers.

They are meant to water the grass-covered median.

"The city needs to watch what they're doing with the timers and in the winter just turn them off," says Alex Rendon, who also lives nearby.

Rendon says the water doesn't just gather along Dockery.

A big puddle is on the corner of his house virtually every day.

Some say it's runoff from sprinklers on Dinuba Avenue.

"It shows people don't care about the crisis we're in," says Winter.

But Selma City Manager D-B Heusser says a fix is on the way.

"We're going back at all of our sprinklers, all of our areas we do, cutting back times that we sprinkle, making sure they are properly timed," Heusser says.

But, he says fixing them will take time.

Selma covers five square miles.

Heusser says the city staff, is small.

"It's a major job because it's a huge area," he says.

He says the city has been at Stage Three Water conservation since 1993.

It hasn't been enforced.

But it will be, starting April 1st.

Selma will restrict when people can water their lawns.

Even-numbered homes will be allowed to water on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Odd-numbered homes will be allowed to water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Watering won't be allowed between ten in the morning and six at night.

Police, Fire and Public Works Departments will be able to hand out citations.

Three warnings will be given.

The fourth, will be a fine up to $500.

If you spot any problems with city sprinklers in Selma, you can call 891-2200.