District & State Regulations

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NOTE: Ordinance 95 contains details on the District's current water use restrictions.

Conservation is a California Way of Life!
Water use is also regulated by the State Water Resources Control Board

Summary of Mandatory Restrictions

To Conserve Water for Public Needs, Sanitation and Fire Protection, the District Has Adopted Mandatory Water Use Restrictions, consistent with State regulations, through Ordinance 95, summarized below:

  1. Limited times to irrigate landscapes. If automated, irrigation is allowed only between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. if manually operated, irrigation is allowed only between 4 p.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  2. No watering of lawns/landscapes in a manner that causes runoff and / or within 48 hours after measurable precipitation.
  3. No washing of hard surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, patios and parking lots, except where necessary to protect health and safety.
  4. Car washing restrictions. Vehicles may be washed only at commercial car washes or by bucket or hose equipped with a hand-operated shut off valve.
  5. Leaks must be immediately repaired. If repairs are delayed, water service to the property must be turned off to prevent water loss until the repair has been completed.
  6. Water must be recirculating if used in a fountain or other decorative water feature.
  7. Pool restrictions. Existing water levels may be maintained; pools may be drained and/or filled once every five (5) years upon application and written authorization from the District.
  8. Pond restrictions. Existing water levels may be maintained; ponds may be drained and/or filled only with District approval of written application; New ponds must be supplied by an alternate water source.
  9. Table service restrictions. Restaurants and other eating establishments that provide table service shall refrain from serving water except upon specific request by a customer.
  10. Applications for new meters / water service. Applications for new water service or expanded service are suspended, except for new meter services that have been previously permitted by the District through a Certificate of Water Service Availability. Under limited emergency circumstances, new water service may be issued for purposes of meeting public health and sanitary needs.

Penalties for Failure to Comply With Water Use Restrictions:

Warnings: A written warning will be issued for a first violation.

Fines: Second violation will be a fine of $250.
Third violation will be a fine of $500.
Fourth and subsequent violations will be a fine of $1,000.

Flow Restrictors: Upon a fourth violation, or upon a significant earlier violation, the General Manager may order installation of a flow restrictor.

Note: Penalties will fund conservation outreach and the purchase, if available, of additional water supplies to protect the health and safety of all customers.

Appeals and Exceptions: Any customer may appeal any decision made or fine imposed under District Ordinance 95 by filing a written appeal with the District within 30 days of written notice of the decision or fine.