Water Conservation Measures Remain in Effect
(Updated October 9, 2017)
New Water Conservation Stages have been adopted to meet the State's water waste prevention requirements and to help the District achieve the 20% by 2020 mandate.
Voluntary recommendations to conserve water include:
- Avoiding use of potable water on outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable snow and/or rainfall
- Only serving drinking water upon request in eating and drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased
- Hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily.
- Avoid application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks.
- Avoid application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
- Only use a hose to wash a motor vehicle, if the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use.
- Avoiding use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.
The 20% by 2020 state mandate is that all water purveyors reduce their per capita water use by 20% from the average usage of our customers over 10 years in the early 2000's. District staff is still working to finalize this number with the state. The way this baseline is calculated is complicated (it's the State of California!) and water leaks within our system also are included in this per capita water usage number. The waterline replacement projects and water leak detection and repair as part of our ongoing maintenance plan will also help to bring the District into compliance. If the District (or any water purveyor) fails to meet this 20% by 2020 mandate, the State has indicated that they will no longer be eligible for state grants.
The graphic below shows: yearly historic, our baseline (again, average across the 10 years), our 2015 target and our 2020 requirement.
The District met our 2015 target (thanks to mandatory conservation!), however, we need to keep up the good conservation work that has been done the last few years. As you can see, the District is falling far behind where we need to be to meet these State Mandates.
What can I do to help?
By incorporating the voluntary conservation suggestions from the District on how to conserve water. If all our customers are conscious of their water use, the District should be able to meet these mandates.