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Eastern Sierra News for June 16, 2024





– 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 [email protected] or 760-873-8458.