The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is pushing efforts for water reduction by decreasing their car washes and inmate water supply and has partnered with Sacramento County Water Agency to identify ways to contribute to water conservation.
“We’re happy to help in any way we can during this drought period,” stated County Sheriff, Scott Jones. “Please be patient if our patrol cars appear dirty as we have cut our car washes by two thirds and established water reduction efforts in our jails,” said Jones.
Car washes have been reduced from three days a week to one at the downtown and Branch Center car washes. Patrol stations have also cut down on their water usage. Sheriff patrol vehicles may now be seen with bumper stickers stating their objective and encouraging the public to do their share.
In addition, the Sacramento County main jail has called for flow reduction equipment in the inmate cells and showers. This has the potential to cut usage by up to 20 percent. To raise awareness of the drought crisis, signs have been posted in the inmate housing areas.
The Sheriff’s Department has called for a water audit of the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Facility to discover even more areas for prospective conservation equipment. The Sacramento County Water Agency has funded this audit to deliver water savings in all areas needed.
The Sheriff’s Department is committed to carry out their mission of providing the utmost quality in public safety and community service, and doing their part during this drought crisis.