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Mandatory Water Conservation Measures Remain in Effect

(Updated  July 29, 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 adopted resolution 2016-14 maintaining mandatory water conservation standards at their July 12, 2016 meeting. The District’s Stage 2 Mandatory Conservation Measures from the Urban Water Management Plan align with the requirements of the State Order of May 9, 2016. 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.   

For more information on the May 9, 2016 action by the State Water Board click here.

How are we doing?

The May 2016 Resolution adopted by the State of California required District's to self-certify their conservation standards.  A link to the District's documentation is available here.  

The District will update our standards once approved by the State.  The 20% by 2020 Mandate remains.  

This chart shows how the District is trending on the 20% by 2020 mandate based on 2010 Water Production as of July 2016.

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


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 

May 2016 State of California Final Administrative Action (5/31/16 - 2/28/17)