Drought measure: Kern County to reduce hours at spray parks

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Kern County spray parks will remain open through August, despite early closures for all Bakersfield spray parks and half of the spray parks in the North of the River Recreation and Park District.

The various parks districts have either reduced operational hours at spray parks or stopped seasonal operations early to comply with state orders to conserve water amid the ongoing drought.

The State Water Resources Control Board called for conservation efforts in a July 15 meeting. New regulations that include fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water took effect Tuesday.

The Kern County Parks and Recreation Department has spray parks at Casa Loma Park in Bakersfield and in Lost Hills.

The county said Wednesday that reduced hours from Aug. 1 to Sept. 1 will cut back water usage by 20 percent. The county also said it has reduced lawn watering in its parks.

The new hours of operation will be 2-7 p.m. They close for the summer at the beginning of September.