Recently The Registry, a San Francisco Bay Area real estate publication, sat down with Ken Cantrell, City of Fairfield’s Senior Economic Development Project Manager and Talyon Sortor, Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District Assistant General Manager to discuss Fairfield’s water supply as well as its conservation plans.
The City planned well in advance to create its ample water supply, which has served to attract food and beverage companies, including breweries. These businesses choose Fairfield because of its strong infrastructure, including an ample supply of water and a state-of-the-art wastewater system.
At the same time, the city promotes conservation.
“We’ve had a long-standing conservation program,” said Fairfield’s senior economic development project manager Ken Cantrell. “The community is responding well.”
Fairfield has reduced its irrigation schedule, and businesses have complied with state requests to reduce their non-processed water usage. The city has enacted stage two of its water shortage contingency plan to meet the state’s 20-percent conservation mandate, but Cantrell said this hasn’t deterred business or real estate development.
“For us, the conservation is saving water for future years. We’re several years from the point where we have to save or we’ll run out,” he said. “That situation [in Southern California] is more desperate. Then you have to make cuts that affect business.”
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