Water regulations

Water is a precious resource that is used every day. About 75 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, but only 1 percent can be used for drinking because most water found on the planet contains salt. The limited availability of water combined with population and economic growth requires good conservation practices to ensure adequate supplies are available for the future.
On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown lifted the January 17, 2014 drought declaration in most California counties. The Governor’s Executive Order B-40-17 directs the State Water Board to maintain urban water use reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices such as watering during or after rainfall, hosing off sidewalks, and irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians. While the drought is over, the Governor has declared that water conservation must be a “way of life.” Based on the Governor’s Executive Order, in the future the State Water Board will adopt new regulations reflecting the changes in the drought declaration.

Water use regulations (adopted May 2, 2017)

In 2016, our customers reduced water use by 30 percent over 2013 levels, and we appreciate all that you are doing to conserve water. Please continue to conserve!

1. Hoses must be equipped with a shut-off valve for washing vehicles, sidewalks, walkways, or buildings.
2. Broken or defective plumbing and irrigation systems must be repaired or replaced within a reasonable period.
3. Recreational water features shall be covered when not in use.
4. Ornamental fountains shall use only re-circulated or recycled water.
5. Single-pass cooling systems on new construction shall not be allowed.
6. Potable water shall not be applied in any manner to any driveway, sidewalk, or other hard surface except when necessary to address immediate health or safety concerns.
7. Potable water shall not be used to water outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff onto non-irrigated areas, walkways, roadways, parking lots, or other hard surfaces.
8. Potable water cannot be applied to outdoor landscapes during and up to 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
9. Potable water shall not be used to irrigate ornamental turf on public street medians.
10. The serving of drinking water other than upon request in eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased.
11. Operators of hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily. The hotel or motel shall prominently display notice of this option in each guestroom using clear and easily understood language.

Water use regulation enforcement

The City will notify customers when there are violations of these water use regulations. This may be through use of a door hanger, email, phone call or letter. Violations are subject to fines and potential use of a flow restrictor on the water service.

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