City of Bishop: Water usage, Warren St. ribbon cutting

– City of Bishop press releases

Helped along by cool wet weather in May, City of Bishop water customers used 31% less water in May 2015 compared to May 2013.

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Because of the drought, the state requires water users to use 25% less potable water in 2015 compared to 2013. Graphs available on the City of Bishop website show water use in 2013, 2014, and so far in 2015.

One graph shows water use by month in the city and the other graph shows total water use in the city for the year. The graphs show the reduction in water use that started in April continued in May, helped along by an unusually cool and wet weather.

The graphs also show that, although city water customers saved water in April and May, total water use so far in 2015 is down only 13% compared to 2013.

Updates of these graphs will be released monthly. The State of California required that the City of Bishop implement water conservation measures to achieve the state-required reduction in water use.

The water conservation measures in place in the City of Bishop can be found at In December, the city will have to report to the state how well its users have conserved water.

The city could be subject to $10,000 per day fines if it doesn’t meet the 25% reduction in water use. The city has an incentive program to help its water customers save water. The program provides free hose nozzles, hose timers, and irrigation system timers and provides rebates for some sprinkler systems and water conserving appliances.

The incentives are available only to water customers of the City of Bishop and are limited to one per customer account. Saving water saves money, reduces water rates, protects groundwater, is the right thing to do, and is now required by the state.

Contact the City of Bishop Department of Public Works at 873-8458 for more information on water conservation and the City’s water system.


A brief ribbon cutting is planned for the recently-completed Warren Street Improvements project. The ribbon cutting will be at 11 am, Wednesday 10 June, on Warren Street at the Bishop Library near Academy Avenue.

The first phase of the Warren Street project improved North Warren Street and part of South Warren Street with new pavement, curb, sidewalk, street trees, street lights, pocket parks, seating areas, platforms for performances, and colored concrete with designs.

The blocks of Church, Academy, and Pine streets between Warren and Main were also improved as part of the project. Other features such as sculpture, banners, archways, bike racks, and a public restroom are also planned.

In addition to addressing serious pavement deterioration, poor sidewalks, and drainage issues, the project was intended to make the area more attractive to pedestrians to stroll, stop, shop, eat, and to see a show.

Future phases of the project in the next several years are planned to extend improvements to the full length of the street. The $2.1 million project was funded by state gas tax funds. The construction contractor was Advanced Asphalt from Truckee, and the main subcontractor was V and C Construction from Minden. The project was designed by Triad Holmes Associates from Bishop.

Most of the design of the project was guided by a capable and dedicated group of volunteers from the Bishop community know as the Warren Street Focus Group. The ribbon cutting will celebrate the completion of the first phase of improvements and acknowledge those that contributed to the project.

For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at or 760-873-8458.



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24 Responses to City of Bishop: Water usage, Warren St. ribbon cutting

  1. Neighborhood Snitch June 9, 2015 at 9:06 pm #

    A lot of folks are still watering during the day, watering their driveways, and watering their sidewalks. I have been documenting this waste via photos and videos, and reporting it to the California Water Resource Board. I believe that first offenders are fined $250, second is $1000, then their water is cut off. We are all in this together, so please play by the rules that apply to all of us.

    • Mark June 10, 2015 at 9:48 am #

      The 100% chance of El Nino next winter I’m declaring the drought.

      • Ken Warner June 10, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

        Nobody knows for sure what the weather will be in 9 months.

        There is an approximately 90% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere summer 2015, and a greater than 80% chance it will last through 2015.

        • Mark June 10, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

          I was being sarcastic. I guess Jerry Brown is the only one that can prematurely say the drought is over and get everyone’s support.

          So it might rain next winter, this area has been drying out for 10,000 years and there’s a real good chance it will continue drying out with perhaps a raining year every now and then.

    • Low-Inyo June 10, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

      If you think for a minute the Water Resource Board will send out “officers” with pen and citation in hand based on your word and videos your crazy….and I can all but guarentee you the water Dept. won’t shut families water off if they’re watering their grass too much……get a life.

    • Trouble June 10, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

      Snitch- If you want to really help the Valley folks, go film all the DWP pumps going full blast on the north -east side of Bishop. Hope your happy1

  2. Friendly Neighbor Advice June 10, 2015 at 10:57 am #

    Hi Neighborhood Snitch!

    Have you considered talking to your neighbors instead of being a jerk? I mean, it certainly sounds as if you have time on your hands to make the extra effort.

    • Neighborhood Snitch June 10, 2015 at 8:48 pm #

      Have you considered that calling someone a “jerk” isn’t very neighborly, “Friendly Neighbor”?

      If I thought that I could convince my neighbors to act responsibly, follow the law, and not be so stupid and self-centered, I would. OF COURSE! I would SO not be documenting their backwardness or be sending photo and video documentation of that to the State, because that is the LAST option. But some neighbors have proven that they are willfully ignorant and self-centered. Me, me, me! Apparently they take pride in that.

      But congrats for 16 thumbs up, Friendly and Popular Neighbor. But this is not a popularity contest, and I will not hesitate to report you, too.

      • Tourbillon June 11, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

        “I will not hesitate to report you, too.” I’m with you, comrade. Totally not enough “sieg heil!” in this country.

        By the way brosefus, I got super fabulous fares to Cuba on Orbitz, if you plan a month in advance you can take the whole family for peanuts. See you in Havana in August!

  3. Bobby Fontaine June 10, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    Check out the jpg file at the link below showing drought, geothermal, and agriculture maps of the United State. The top left map shows where it’s best to harvest geothermal heat as an energy source followed by a current drought map. Notice that the geothermal hot spots are near the same as the drought effected regions in California and Midwest. Now look at the agriculture map below them and the close ups of Nevada and California to the right. Notice that the worst drought effected regions in both states are also the heaviest farmed land, which means they use the most groundwater for crops. The question is does lower groundwater levels caused by agricultural pumping remove the natural cooling systems of geothermal hot spots so more heat escapes the land making it more difficult for rain clouds to form over it ?

    • Ken Warner June 10, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

      What you suggest would be an interesting topic for a grad student.

      • Philip Anaya June 11, 2015 at 5:04 am #

        If memory is partially served the year that the Inyo National Forest closed Hot Creek to swimming there had been a huge spring runoff. That was accompanied at the same time by a swarm of earthquakes and the FAA issued a higher level of alerts for Mammoth Airport. The idea of a “tempest in a teapot” and the relationships between the factors is very interesting and thinking out loud , the geo thermal generation of energy requires water to transfer the heat in the earth to the surface . As the magna in the vents becomes mobile and active I wonder if it is like increased flowing water in a stream carrying increased amounts of erosional materials and increasing the size of the channel . There is certainly a lot that we don’t know about what goes on in the earth underneath our feet. There is also a lot that we miss not being able to swim in Hot Creek

  4. Joe June 11, 2015 at 8:34 am #

    Seems like every neighborhood I have lived there is someone like “Snitch” who takes pride in being nosy or finding fault with every little thing… bad parking, flowers don’t match paint color, garage door open too long, car too noisy, bush not pruned properly, dog not leashed etc. It’s just their personality and ignoring them is the only option because the more one reacts to them, their priority becomes your property. Just have to wait for them to move or die. The snitch in this case could instead go to the City and report their findings as it will be the City who is on the hook by the state to reduce water usage.

    • Trouble June 11, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

      So Snitch, how do you feel about the Adventure Trail?

    • Neighborhood Snitch June 11, 2015 at 6:05 pm #


      I have never criticized my neighbors for their choice of flower, etc. Without water, they would not be able to grow them.

      Your watchful (in a good way) neighbor,


    • Low-Inyo June 11, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

      Joe…When I lived in another state,I once had a friend that had that kind of problem with a neighbor.We both worked the graveyard shift at our jobs and occasionally would get together late-night at his place,have a few beers and shoot darts.This neighbor automatically thought we were druggies,not sleeping and doping it up.He’d come outside and take pictures of my truck’s license plate number,once left a note in my friends mail box saying “I know what’s going on ” type of thing,and saying he reported our “illegal activities” to the Police…We both went by the Police station to show the note and defend ourselves of any wrong-doing with the “report” the neighbor had made to them…we figured the Police got in touch with him about his harassment because his photos and notes stopped.A week or so later,there he was again,this time ON my friends property late night with his camera lurking around his front window,I guess to get more “photo evedence”…This time we “detained” him untill the police arrived….The cops asked my friend if he wanted to press trespassing charges against him,he declined after he felt he learned his lesson….both from his “detainment”,and from what the Police had to say to him….sometimes being too nosy can come back and bite you in the butt.

  5. Brookie June 11, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    Dear Neighborhood Snitch, We are renters and have asked our yard’s landscapers to adjust the sprinkler frequency timer to Inyo County’s requirements. He is paid by the landlord and says this type of lawn must have more than two days a week worth of water. We have also mentioned the twice per week watering schedule to our landlord, without success. I certainly hope you take into consideration that not all residents are homeowners, and that not all property owners are local. BTW, driving around taking pictures and reporting your “findings” is NOT your job, and is an invasion of people’s privacy!

    • Neighborhood Snitch June 11, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

      Hi Brookie,

      Your awareness, to bring the watering schedule to you landlord’s attention, matters.

      When you have saved up enough to purchase a home of your own, your awareness will guide you appropriately.



      • Friendly Neighbor June 15, 2015 at 10:19 am #

        Until then, however, you’re SOL because Snitch will be watching you and reporting on you accordingly.

        And no, Snitch, you won’t be reporting on me, too. Just because I disagree with your actions (which are quasi-vigilante, and seriously, who gave you an enforcement badge?) doesn’t mean that I am unaware of the severity of the drought, and not doing what I can to conserve, which includes having conversations with my neighbors when I am concerned about their water usage.

  6. Mark June 12, 2015 at 6:51 am #

    Seems everyone is talking about water shaming.

    • Jane June 12, 2015 at 11:15 am #

      That’s right Mark. Next year there will more than enough water and people like Snitch will be going around taking pictures of dogs pooping on lawns instead… poop shaming.

  7. Zack June 12, 2015 at 7:19 am #

    I have an idea!??! How about the city take 25% off our water bills if they want us to cut back usage by 25% ??? Also “three water main breakages” in City of Los Angeles? cause by neglect. they should be the ones getting the fines.

  8. Brookie June 12, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    NS, Thanks for the pat on the back. I could’ve done without the rest of your message and assumption that we are planning to purchase a home. We live by the “Do what’s right even if nobody’s looking” credo, are senior citizens, and have purposely chosen not to own a home, not that it’s any of your business. I suggest you tone down your somewhat sanctimonious and moral comments here. Your intent may be good, both in commenting and snitching, but your process is abrasive.

  9. Badfinger39 June 13, 2015 at 5:46 am #

    Snitch or no Snitch, Ima still give my marijuana plants Lots Lotsa water because the people needs thier medicine Hahahaha 🙂


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