Newman finalizes water softener regulations

The City Council last week gave final approval to new guidelines regulating water softeners in Newman.

The new ordinance phases out water softeners which discharge brine to the city sewer system.

The restrictions will prohibit the new installation of self-regenerating water softeners - those which discharge saline to the city’s sewer system - effective Jan. 1, 2020. Instead, the city will allow only systems such as those in which a tank or cartridge are regularly changed out and do not send brine down the drain.

Furthermore, starting Jan. 1, developers will be required to install non-self-regenerating water softeners in each home prior to occupancy as a condition of subdivision approval.

Residents who currently have a self-regenerating water softener can replace that unit with a similar type through Jan. 1, 2023.

The new restrictions are being required by the state as part of the city’s wastewater treatment plant permit, City Manager Michael Holland explained.

Harder calls for courthouse to be named after Cpl. Singh

Representative Josh Harder is encouraging the Stanislaus County Superior Court to name its new courthouse after fallen Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh.

The new courthouse is scheduled to break ground next year in Modesto. The local court has the authority to request a name change from the California Judicial Council, which typically honors local requests.

“I think this would be a fitting tribute,” Harder stated. “Corporal Singh was a local hero who bravely worked to keep our families safe. We owe all of our law enforcement officers a debt of gratitude for their service - but especially those who have fallen while in the line of duty, like Cpl. Singh and sheriff’s deputy Tony Hinostroza, who we lost just last year here in Stanislaus (County).”

Corporal Singh’s wife Anamika is supportive of the effort, according to a press release from Harder’s office.

“Ronil loved his community and wanted an opportunity to serve it since childhood. Becoming a police officer was his ultimate dream. Ronil took an oath to protect and serve this community and made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Anamika Chand-Singh. “There are no words to express how much it would mean to our family for the county courthouse to be named in his honor.”

West Side weather

Newman resident Marge Carvalho, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported the following high/low temperatures for the past week. Information for the previous 24-hour period is recorded at 5 p.m. daily.

Monday, Oct. 21: 85/45

Tuesday, Oct. 22: 87/46

Wednesday, Oct. 23: 86/46

Thursday, Oct. 24: 91/46

Friday, Oct. 25: 95/46

Saturday, Oct. 26: 87/47

Sunday, Oct. 27: 85/52