Mayor Woodward vetoed a decree restricting water

Rich Pedroncelli – State, AP

FILE – Water flies from a sprinkler to a lawn in Sacramento, California, July 8, 2021. California Gov. Gavin Newsom threatened on Monday, May 23, 2022, to impose mandatory restrictions on water use in the state if people do not start using less on their own because the drought is dragging on and the hotter summer months are approaching.

SPOKAN, Washington – Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward has vetoed a decree restricting when people can water their lawns.

Last month, Spokane City Council passed the measure by 5-2 votes. Between June and October, people are not allowed to water outdoors from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It also limits watering to two days a week when the Spokane River temperature drops below 1,000 cubic feet per second.

Board member Lori Keener sponsored the ruling, citing a study that found Spokane residents use about 202 gallons of water each day; which is in the top three in the country. In summer, this figure increases almost sixfold.

Keener said restricting water use is crucial to maintaining the Spokane River.

As part of the decree, the city has the opportunity to fine those who violate the restrictions.

Earlier, Woodward signaled that he would veto the measure, expressing concern about the “punitive nature of the approach.”

She said she wanted to consider an alternative to board member Michael Catcart, which focuses on education and incentives rather than performance.

Now the city council has 30 days to overcome the mayor’s veto. To do this, they must take a decision by at least five votes in favor.

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