Mandatory water restrictions implemented in VC
August 20, 2014The governor of the State of California has ordered the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water use restrictions for all retail water providers. Even though the community has made great strides in reducing water use and investments in conservation, the Valley Center Municipal Water District is being called on to increase those efforts.
At this time, there are no mandatory percentage reductions against a monthly allocation. However, it is being requested that water is conserved whenever possible and the following mandatory water use restrictions be adhered to:
1. Stop washing paved surfaces included but not limited to sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, and patios except when it is necessary to alleviate safety or sanitation hazards.
2. Stop water waste resulting from inefficient landscape irrigation such as runoff or overspray. Similarly, stop water flows onto non-targeted areas such as adjacent property non-irrigated areas, hardscape, roadways, or structures.
3. Irrigate residential and commercial landscape before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. (This does not apply to landscape with drip irrigation and non-nursery agricultural irrigation.)
4. Use a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle or bucket to water landscaped areas including trees and shrubs located on residential and commercial properties that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system.
5. Irrigate nursery and commercial growers' products before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Watering is permitted at any time using a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle, a bucket, or when a drip micro-irrigation system is used. Irrigation of nursery propagation beds is permitted at any time. Also, watering livestock is permitted at any time.
6. Use re-circulated water to operate ornamental fountains.
7. Wash vehicles using a bucket and a hand-held hose with a positive shut-off nozzle, mobile high pressure/low volume wash system, or at a commercial site that re-circulates (recycles) water on site. Avoid washing during hot conditions when additional water is required due to evaporation.
8. Repair all water leaks within three days of notification.
"Valley Center Municipal Water District customers have had an excellent track record over the years of responding appropriately to calls for conservation," said General Manager Gary Arant. "However, a formal enforcement plan is available for use in cases of willful and/or negligent noncompliance."
There will be a transitional period to allow customers to become familiar with the new mandatory water use restrictions. Formal enforcement will begin Oct. 1 and will be as follows:
First violation: A citation.
Second violation: Penalty of $100 placed on the water bill.
Third violation: Penalty of $250 placed on the water bill.
Fourth violation: Penalty of $500 placed on the water bill and after a 15-day written notification, a flow restriction of 5 gallons per minute for 120 hours (five days). The customer will be charged for the installation and removal of the flow restrictor.
Fifth violation: Penalty of $1,000 placed on the water bill and after a 15-day written notification, a complaint filed with the County of San Diego District Attorney's office. A flow restrictor will be imposed and sustained to 5 gallons per minute until disposition of complaint. The customer will be charged for the installation and removal of the flow restrictor.
To anonymously report observed water waste, the Water Waste Hotline can be called (760) 735-4508 to inform what was seen, when the violation was observed, and where it was seen. VCMWD will respond and make contact with the responsible party.
In addition, a Level 2 Alert Condition also imposes restrictions on new development processing.
The Water Supply Shortage Response Plan, including development processing restrictions can be accessed through the District's website: www.vcmwd.org. Included in the site is more drought and conservation information including a list of frequently asked questions. The district's website has links to other websites with more water saving tips and information about water conservation rebates such as landscape irrigation evaluations and turf removal rebates. For more information, call (760) 735-4500.
Esta información esta disponible en español. Para solicitar la versión en español de esta información, o para obtener asistencia, llame al (760) 735-4500.