By CBS13 Staff

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The City of Sacramento on Tuesday declared a “Stage 2 Water Alert” calling on residents to reduce water usage by 15% to relieve pressure on the Lower American River and Folsom Reservoir as the state continue’s to experience extreme drought conditions.

Under the Stage 2 declaration, water waste fines will be doubled and car washing will be restricted to watering days only.

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Additionally, the city manager has been authorized to transfer $1.8 million from the Water Fund in order to balance the Water Conservation Multi-Year Operating Project.

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The city’s water use reduction plan adopted by the city council in July consists of six stages calling on residents to conserve more water with each proceeding stage.

Stage 1 Water Watch calls for conservation of up to 10%
Stage 2 Water Alert is up to 20%
Stage 3 Water Warning is up to 30%
Stage 4 Water Crisis is up to 40%
Stage 5 Water Emergency is up to 50%
Stage 6 Water Health & Safety Use Only is over 50%

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The city declared a Stage 1 Water Watch on July 7.