In consideration of Cambria's scarce water supplies and recurring drought conditions, a Board-approved Water Use Efficiency Plan was developed through the services of Maddaus Water Management in 2013.Water Use Efficiency Plan
Under CCSD Municipal Code, the following water conservation rules apply to all residents and businesses at all times:
- Outdoor watering or irrigation of landscaping with potable water is permitted only once per week, on either Tuesday or Thursday depending on the address of the customers property. Watering shall be allowed on Tuesdays for all properties in the District with even numbered addresses. Watering shall be allowed on Thursdays for all properties in the District with odd numbered addresses. Property owners who demonstrate they are only in residence on weekends may instead water on one weekend day, either Saturday or Sunday.
- Watering is prohibited between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
- The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall is prohibited.
- Guests in hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments shall be provided the option of not laundering towels and linens daily.
- Washing vehicles, boats, and trailers with potable water is prohibited, except with the use of a hose fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use.
- Washing down sidewalks, driveways, streets, walkways, parking lots, windows, buildings, porches, or patios and all other hard-surfaced areas by direct hosing or pressure washers with potable water is prohibited.
- Emptying and refilling swimming pools and commercial spas is prohibted, except to prevent structural damage and/or to provide for the public health and safety.
- 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 pubic places where food or drink are served and/or purchased is prohibited.
- The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water features, except where the water is part of a recirculating system, is prohibited.
- The irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians is prohibited.
Water conservation is already a way of life for Cambria, but now the State of California is taking steps to...
Make Water Use Efficiency a California Way of Life
California recently passed two new laws that require water providers, including the CCSD, to set new, permanent water use targets by the year 2022. It is important to note:
- There are no immediate impacts on customers.
- Many details for implementing the new laws will be worked out over the next several years.
The laws provide a framework for setting targets that include standards for the amount of water used indoors, the amount of water used outside (based on our local climate) and for water lost to leaks in our system. These standards will be rolled into one overall target for our service area. Individual households and businesses will not be required to individually meet any standards.
Once targets are set, we will decide how to best achieve the new targets as a service area. In the meantime, we are continuing to offer rebates and programs to help our customers use water wisely.