Cal Water Now in Stage 2 of Water Shortage Contingency Plan in All Districts, Irrigation Restrictions in Effect
The utility regularly monitors and evaluates local water supply conditions, and began moving its service areas into Stage 2 as early as late last year as circumstances warranted it.
“Our customers did a great job stepping up and saving water during the last drought—a 26.8% reduction from summer 2015 to 2016, in fact—and we urge our customers to once again heed the call to reduce water use given these exceptionally dry conditions,” said
In most of Cal Water’s service areas, outdoor landscape irrigation is now limited to two days per week as follows,
- Addresses ending with an odd number: Tuesday and Saturday
- Addresses ending with an even number or with no street number: Wednesday and Sunday
Additionally, penalties for violating the prohibited uses of water have doubled in all districts. Some of the common requirements include:
- All leaks, breaks, or other malfunctions in a customer’s plumbing fixtures and/or irrigation system must be repaired within five business days of written notification by
- Vehicles may only be washed with a hose that has a shutoff nozzle or similar device.
- Water may not be used on driveways or sidewalks, unless for health and safety purposes.
- No watering of outdoor landscapes may occur during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
- Restaurants may only serve water upon request, and hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily.
“This drought has become even more severe than the last drought. As we did then, we are taking a customer-first approach and partnering with our customers to achieve the needed savings,” Kropelnicki said. “We offer our customers a variety of conservation programs and encourage them to take advantage of these resources to help save water every day.”
Cal Water’s industry-leading conservation programs include:
- Lawn-to-garden rebate of
$3per square foot of lawn removed and replaced with low-water-use landscaping
- Spray-to-drip rebate of
$0.50per square foot of landscaping converted from standard spray irrigation to a drip system
- Rebates on high-efficiency appliances and devices, with certain rebates doubled
- A free smart landscape tune-up program that includes an irrigation system evaluation along with installation of efficient devices and repair of most irrigation leaks
- A free residential conservation kit that includes a garden hose nozzle with shutoff valve, high-efficiency showerheads, faucet aerators, and more for residential customers
To find more information about conservation programs, drought resources, and a full list of the prohibited uses of water, please visit calwater.com/drought.
Source: California Water Service Group