Water Regulations

Mandatory Water Conservation Measures NOW in Effect

(Updated  April 28, 2016)

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Mandatory Water Conservation Restrictions Remain in place for Summer 2016

The North Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Director's passed revised mandatory water conservation restrictions at their April 14, 2015 meeting. The District’s Stage 2 Mandatory Conservation Measures from the Urban Water Management Plan align with the requirements of the State Order. The prohibitions include:

  • Use of potable water on outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measureable snow and/or rainfall
  • Serving drinking water other than up on request in eating and drinking establishments
  • Hotels and motels failing to prominently display notices in each guestroom providing guests the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily
  • Irrigating ornamental landscapes and turf more than 3 days per week.  Properties with street addressed that end in an even number may irrigate only on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.  Properties with street addresses ending in an odd number may irrigate only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  No outdoor irrigation may occur on Mondays.  Daytime irrigation restrictions apply.
  • Irrigating public ballfields more than three (3) days per week or on days other than Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Ornamental landscaping around the fields shall follow restrictions for outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes. Daytime irrigation restrictions still apply
  • Washing sidewalks, driveways, and other hard surfaces
  • Irrigating is prohibited between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Excessive plumbing leaks not repaired
  • Excessive irrigation run-off
  • Non-commercial washing of privately-owned vehicles, trailers, RV’s, bikes and boats except from a bucket and a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle for rinsing
  • Water for single-pass evaporative cooling systems
  • Water for new non-recirculating industrial clothes wash systems
  • Filling a swimming pools from empty
  • Use of potable water for dust control except as a condition in a permit issued by a state or federal agency
  • Use of fire hydrants except for public health and safety or unless used for dust control as a condition in a permit issued by a state or federal agency – must have a hydrant meter

Click here for FAQ's related to mandatory restrictions. The District will continue to add to these as questions come from residents.   

The North Tahoe Public Utility District and our customers have been placed in the 28% mandatory water conservation tier based on our 2013 water usage.  For more information on the May 5, 2015 action by the State Water Board click here.

How are we doing?

This chart shows how the District is doing meeting the Drought Mandated Reduction of 28%.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This chart shows how the District is trending on the 20% by 2020 mandate based on 2010 Water Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Conservation Program Brochure and Informational Posters

Download the CURRENT Brochure (Updated April 2016) in English

Download the CURRENT (Effective April 2015) Poster in English (8 1/2 x 11 version)

Download the CURRENT (Effective April 2015) Poster in Spanish (8 1/2 x 11 version)

Download the CURRENT (Effective April 2015) Poster in English (11 x 17 version) 

Download the CURRENT (Effective April 2015) Poster in Spanish (11 x 17 version

 

The District's Enforcement Program is as follows:

1. Warning: Education letter and brochure – Explains procedure for non-compliance including follow-up in 5 business days.  If no response or cooperation by the customer and the problem is not resolved within the specified time-frame, a Notice of Violation will be issued.  If the customer is working to resolve the problem, the time before the Notice of Violation is issued may be extended.
 
2. Violation #1: Notice of Violation #1 Registered Letter mailed or hand delivered by Staff giving the customer 5 business days to correct the violation from the date of receipt of the registered letter or when hand delivered by Staff.  If not resolved within the specified time-frame, move on to Violation #2.  
 
3. Violation #2: Notice of Violation #2 and $100.00 per day non-compliance fee to be added to customer’s water bill.  Notice of Violation #2 Registered Letter mailed or hand delivered by Staff, giving the customer 5 business days to correct the violation.  If not resolved within the specified time-frame, move on to Violation #3.   
 
4. Violation #3: Notice of Violation #3 and $250.00 per day non-compliance fee to be added to customer’s water bill.  Notice of Violation #3 Registered Letter mailed or hand delivered by Staff, giving the customer 2 business days to correct the violation.  If not resolved within the specified time-frame, the customer’s water will be shut off.
 

Water Restriction Downloads and Resources

Press Release following April 14, 2015 Board Meeting with Updated Water Conservation Program 

California State Water Resources Control Board Drought Informational Orders

Press Release Announcing Mandatory Water Conservation Program (August 15, 2014)

NTPUD Board Report and Resolution 2014-12.

Most recent press release from the State of California related to Mandatory Conservation from July 2014

Drought Declaration from Governor Brown on January 12, 2014

The State Water Board Drought website provides significant information regarding the drought and what is being done to reduce the impacts throughout California

Save our Water is a state website providing additional Water Conservation ideas

NTPUD Supporting Analysis and Calculation for self-certified water conservation standard per Section 864.5(a)(4) of California’s Emergency Drought Regulations