By Nick Diamantides, Staff Writer
Signal Hill’s water supply and streets are in good shape, according to reports presented by Deputy City Manger Charlie Honeycutt to the city council at its Sept. 25 meeting, but measures must be taken to keep things that way.
Talking first about water issues, Honeycutt noted that California is experiencing a serious drought, and with a burgeoning population, its water shortages are likely to be the norm for decades to come. He added that a recent federal court ruling could result in a 30 percent reduction in water imported from Northern to Southern California and even the region’s other major source—the Colorado River—has less water due to drought.
“Fortunately, Signal Hill does not rely as heavily (as other cities) on imported water,” Honeycutt said, explaining that the city wells supply most of its needs.
Honeycutt added that the city has several good water conservation programs in place, but residents and businesses need to voluntarily reduce their water consumption. For tips on doing that, he advised residents to go to www.BeWaterSafe.com.
Turning to street conditions, Honeycutt noted that due to preventative maintenance that is regularly undertaken, 76 percent of the city’s streets are in good or excellent condition. The city’s pavement management plan is expected to cost about $3.9 million over the next five years.
Honeycutt added that during the past 20 years, the city has spent a total of about $20,000 on preventative maintenance for each of its streets. If not for that, each street would have deteriorated to the point of needing a $215,000 reconstruction.
The next council meeting is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the City Hall Council Chambers.