• Posted On: August 05, 2014

As we enter into the final summer month, communities in California are looking for relief from the driest summer weather they’ve ever seen. A three-year drought has forced the state to conserve on water, which means code enforcement officers must be out in force, looking for violations.

Residents are being asked to consider letting their lawns go brown to help conserve water. It’s an important request because reservoirs are already at 50 percent capacity, which has caused residents in California to consider water their top environmental concern. For the first time in many years, water is a more pressing concern than pollution.

To help make sure water is going to be used in the most important places, municipalities are putting more emphasis on the work of the code officer who is responsible for investigating reports of water mismanagement.

Community members are also being asked to inform a code officer if they suspect somebody misusing water in their neighborhood. Should a code officer discover water mismanagement, they need to be able to open a case from the field, take notes on the issue and send it to the appropriate people, all through one electronic device. A code enforcement app, which is used on a smartphone or tablet computer, or on a custom-made device, can vastly improve the rate at which the code officer can do their jobs.

Meteorologists have created a drought map that shows the Pacific Northwest and Southwest as being ravaged by drought. Most of Texas and all of Kansas are also blanketed with drought conditions. The southern half of Colorado is also among the hardest hit areas in the nation. However, the largest area where a D4 (exceptional drought) level drought is occurring is in central and south central California, which includes some of the most populated cities in the state. These are areas that will require the use of a code enforcement app so that their code officers are able to keep up on violations and put an end to excessive and inappropriate water usage.

One community in Santa Clara County is using Comcate’s code enforcement app to keep their current code enforcement officers working as efficiently as possible. They’ve also approved hiring 10 temporary code officers to keep up on the excessive water use. While the state’s governor has called for a 20 percent reduction in water, some communities are actually using 60-plus percent more. The most common offenders are trying to save their lawns, which are suffering after three years of drought. Code officers armed with their mobile app can help stem this water loss.

Using Comcate’s app, residents can file reports quickly and easily. The reports are entered into the city’s system automatically, which means there is no paperwork to be shuffled, filed and eventually handed off to the right person. Residents who file a report can follow the progress of their case through the app, which is helping to improve communication between residents and their government officials.

Comcate can empower your community with technology and personal support for efficiency. For more information about Comcate’s solutions, visit us online at www.comcate.com.
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