"It's not an aberration," Public Works Department Director Isaac Pino says of the park's 2013 usage of over 9 million gallons of water.
"You're talking about a park that has close to 40 acres of irrigated turf that gets watered from roughly late March all the way to November."
The city retrofit Ragle with water-saving irrigation elements as part of the parks bond issued in 2008, he
says, noting that timers and moisture meters that help the city save on irrigation.
has more than 170 acres of irrigated playing fields citywide.
It's also introducing reclaimed water for some irrigation, he
notes the city does not exempt itself from the water-use restrictions during drought conditions that call for watering only a few days a week.
"We're supposed to lead the pack by example, I suppose," he