Lompoc businesses continue conserving water in ongoing drought

Drought continues despite recent rains

Water conservation in Lompoc

LOMPOC, Calif. - "It's not only about conservation, but, being efficient," says Michael Sewall, owner of Alfie's Fish and Chips.

Thawing out Alaskan Cod like this can take a long time. It's a process Sewall knows all too well.

"It would take about 2 to 3 hours and it's too much water loss," he says. 

So, he's changed the way he does things. "We got the process down to an hour in the water and then put it in the fridge to thaw it out the rest of the day."

By saving water like this Sewall is helping reduce Lompoc's conservation numbers. 

City leaders say water usage from May to November in 2016 was 23% less compared to the same period in 2013. 

Alfie's Fish and Chips in is not full service. They don't have to worry about washing a large number of plates but, do have to clean trays.

"We are using half of the amount of water used to get the same job done," says Sewall. 

Businesses say conserving water is like second nature to them it's something they do on a daiily basis and plan to continue.

"We stack up dishes and do them all in about an hour instead of every 30 minutes," says Antonio Rodriguez, owner of Floriano's Mexican Food. 

He says for about the last two years since Floriano's moved to this location along H street they've continued to be conscious about the amount of water they use. 

"Out here we water by hand once a week in the mornings it's really low maintenance,"  he says about the area outside of the restuarant. 

Businesses say regardless of the recent rain fall and even if the state comes out of the drought they plan to continue to conserve water.

"I hope its a permanent way to do things now and we know how to do with less," says Sewall. 


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