Water Use Regulations & Restrictions
2013 was one of the driest years on record in the State of California. In response to the ongoing severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) issued an emergency regulation on July 15, 2014 to ensure an increase in water efficiency, looking to meet the Governor’s call to action of a 20 percent reduction in water use statewide. SWRCB Resolution No. 2014-0038 places restrictions on water use in an effort to prevent the waste of water (click here for SWRCB Resolution No. 2014-0038). The State’s emergency regulation mandates that all urban water suppliers implement the stage of their Water Shortage Contingency Plan that implements mandatory restrictions on landscape irrigation. As a result of this mandate, the District has implemented Stage 2 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan.
MANDATORY Water Restrictions & Prohibitions
The mandatory water conservation restrictions included in the District’s Waste Shortage Contingency Plan, adopted via the District’s Drought Response Conservation Program Ordinance No. 110 and 111 are effective immediately and include the following:
1. Do not wash down paved surfaces, including but not limited to sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, roadways, or patios, except when it is necessary to alleviate safety or sanitation hazards.
2. Do not water unpaved drive approaches, driveways and sidewalks, except when it is necessary to alleviate safety or sanitation hazards.
3. Stop water waste resulting from inefficient landscape irrigation, such as runoff, low head drainage, or overspray, etc. Similarly, stop water flows onto non-targeted areas, such as adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, patios, lots, hardscapes, roadways, or structures.
4. Irrigate residential and commercial landscape before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. only.
5. Use a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle or bucket to water landscaped areas, including trees and shrubs located on residential and commercial properties that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system.
6. Irrigate nursery and commercial grower’s products before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. only. Watering is permitted at any time with a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle, a bucket, or when a drip/micro-irrigation system/equipment is used. Irrigation of nursery propagation beds is permitted at any time. Watering of livestock is permitted at any time.
7. Wash vehicles using a bucket and a hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, mobile high pressure/low volume wash system, or at a commercial site that re-circulates (reclaims) water on-site. Avoid washing during hot conditions (over 95 degrees) when additional water is required due to evaporation.
8. Serve and refill water in restaurants and other food service establishments only upon request.
9. Offer guests in hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments the option of not laundering towels and linens daily.
10. Use recycled or non-potable water for construction purposes when available.
11. Limit lawn watering and landscape irrigation using sprinklers to no more than ten (10) minutes per watering station per assigned day. This provision does not apply to landscape irrigation systems using water efficient devices, including but not limited to: weather based controllers, drip/micro-irrigation systems and stream rotor sprinklers.
12. Water landscaped areas, including trees and shrubs located on residential and commercial properties, and not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system governed by section 5 (b) (1), on the same schedule set forth in section 5 (b) (1) by using a bucket, hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, or low-volume non-spray irrigation.
13. Repair all leaks within forty-eight (48) hours of notification by the District unless other arrangements are made with the General Manager.
14. Stop operating ornamental fountains or similar decorative water features unless recirculated water is used.
Administrative fines may be levied by the District for each violation of a provision of this Ordinance up to $500 for each day in which the violation occurs. These violations are defined as infractions under Water Code and therefore enforceable by local law enforcement, or public agencies charged with enforcing the mandatory use restrictions. The fines are as follows:
a. Fifty dollars ($50) for a 1st violation.
b. One hundred dollars ($100) for a 2nd violation of any provision of District Ordinance No. 110 & 111 within one year.
c. Two hundred fifty dollars ($250) for a 3rd violation of any provision of District Ordinance No. 110 & 111 within one year.
d. Five hundred dollars ($500) for each additional violation of this Ordinance within one year.
These restrictions are currently in place. District customers are encouraged to report water waste by calling the District office at (661)845-1213.