Stage 2 - Drought Contingency Plan
August 19, 2021
Due to the extreme drought conditions mandatory conservation measures are being implemented. Stage 2 of our Drought Contingency Plan has been initiated and will remain in effect until further notice. Please conserve as much water as possible to help during this difficult time.
Stage 2 – Implement “phased” mandatory conservation measures to prohibit non-essential water use. At the Stage 2 trigger point, the voluntary water conservation efforts have not provided enough reduction in water use and/or storage and supply has deteriorated to a point where additional measures are needed. Mandatory conservation measures may include an Urgency Ordinance implementing violation surcharges for prohibited nonessential water use.
Non-essential water use is defined, as follows:
The use of water through a handheld hose unless it is equipped with a functional shut-off nozzle (no free flow use).
Use of water through a hand-held hose for washing buildings, structures, homes, sidewalks, walkways, driveways, patios, parking lots, tennis courts, cars, trucks, service vehicles or any other automobile or outdoor hard surfaced areas.
Use of water through a hand-held hose for any type of recreational use including but not limited to, sprinklers, water slides, trampolines, etc.
Use of water that results in flooding, excess runoff into gutters and/or streets.
Use of water through any meter where the person billed for the service has been given 10 days written notice to repair broken or defective plumbing, sprinkler, watering, or irrigation systems and failed to make such repairs.
Use of water for filling or refilling after draining of any existing or new swimming pool, spa, hot tub.
Use of water to clean, fill, or maintain levels in decorative fountains.
Use of water for construction purposes (dust control, consolidation of backfill)
Use of water through an irrigation sprinkler system between the hours of 10:00 am and 7:00 P.M.
The Urgency Ordinance(s) can include a surcharge of up to $350 for each day that a violation occurs. The goal of this stage is to achieve a reduction in water use and ensure compliance with all State regulations which was not achieved through Stage 1 with voluntary conservation.