By Irma Widjojo
The Benicia School Board members directed staff Tuesday to explore alternative water sources to irrigate the school district’s properties. The direction came in light of the recently passed emergency ordinance to restrict outdoor water use in the city due to California’s severe drought.
Even though the school fields are exempt from the restrictions, board members said the district should investigate other ways to maintain the fields by using non-city water. The ordinance restricts residents to only watering their landscapes on certain days and hours. However, organizations and residents with special circumstances can ask for waivers, and there are other exemptions, including drip irrigation and short-term watering with buckets.