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Update on the Drought Condition & Conservation Requirements from CalWater

Post Date:04/11/2017 11:00 AM

Update on the Drought Conditions and Conservation Requirements from CalWater:

On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown declared an end to the drought emergency throughout California, except in four counties (Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties). We are pleased that the wet winter has eliminated drought conditions; however, we live in a traditionally dry climate, and we echo Governor Brown’s statement that it’s important for us to make water conservation a way of life and continue to use water wisely.

Along with Governor Brown’s announcement, the State released its framework for implementing long-term conservation standards. CalWater is currently reviewing this framework and will be able to provide additional details after we have completed our review. Until our review is complete, we will continue to show the 10% voluntary conservation target on bills, and irrigation schedules will continue to be in effect.

Although the current drought has ended, the State has kept prohibited uses of water designed to encourage broader conservation in effect. These include, for example, not hosing down paved areas and turning off irrigation systems when it rains. A full list of water use restrictions can be found on the Prohibited Uses of Water page (also below).

Prohibited Uses of Water

Pursuant to a resolution adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission on April 9, 2015, and the State Water Resources Control Board in March 2015, Cal Water wants to ensure our customers are aware of the following prohibited uses of water:

  • Applying water to outdoor landscapes that causes runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures
  • Using a hose to wash motor vehicles unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use
  • Applying water to driveways and sidewalks
  • Using water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system
  • Applying water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall
  • Using potable water to irrigate outside of new construction without drip or microspray systems
  • Using potable water on street medians
  • Filling or refilling ornamental lakes or ponds except to sustain existing aquatic life

Additional Water Use Restrictions

  • Customers must fix leaks within their control within five business days of notification
  • Hotel/motel operators must provide option to not have towels or linens laundered daily during a guest’s stay, and must provide clear notice of this option in easy-to-understand language
  • Restaurants and other eating and drinking establishments may only serve drinking water upon request (If you are a restaurant operator and would like table tents to explain this restriction, please contact Cal Water’s Conservation Department).


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