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Water Use Efficiency

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 Saving Tips

  • Limit showers to 5 minutes and install a 1.5 gallon-per-minute (gpm) showerhead.
  • Install water efficient fixtures, i.e. replace 3.5 or 5-gallon toilets with 1.28 gallon-per-flush or dual flush toilets.
  • Run only full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher.
  • Don't leave water running while shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • Use drought-tolerant plants.
  • Adjust watering schedule seasonally and with changes in weather.
  • Use Drip (micro) irrigation systems.
  • Periodically check your sprinkler system to ensure it is operating properly. (Frequent power outages in Cambria can wreak havoc with timers).
  • Replace lawns with ground covers requiring minimal water.
  • Please reference CCSD's rebate page for information on Tier 3 high efficiency washing machines.
  • For more ideas on water efficiency and water sense products click here

Water Conservation

Water conservation is a way of life for Cambria. 

You may also link to the H2OUSE website to obtain more detailed information on all water conservation issues. This website was developed by the California Urban Water Conservation Council under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and provides a wealth of water saving tips.

Click here for information on California Landscape Contractors who are trained in water conservation methods.

Landscaping Basics that Save Water

The CCSD is currently a member of Partners in Water Conservation. Please go to our partner website for useful landscaping tips.

Customers interested in receiving an audit of their landscaping may contact the CCSD to schedule an appointment. Please contact Water Conservation department at 805-927-6222.

Depending upon your existing landscaping, you may be able to substantially reduce your household's water use by removing turf grass, using drought-tolerant plants, and landscaping with rocks, bricks, gravel, wood and other materials. The CCSD strongly urges its customers to avoid planting turf.

Before you plant a garden, review these seven water wise steps:

  • A professional can help you organize your garden for water efficiency while retaining aesthetics and practicality.
  • The addition of organic matter to the soil increases water retention and penetration.
  • Two to three inches of mulch will keep soil cool, enhance water retention and retard weed growth.
  • There are numerous native and Mediterranean-climate plants that thrive in the Cambria area.
  • Replace high-water, high-maintenance plant/lawn areas with drought-resistant shrubs and groundcovers.
  • Group plants according to their water and sun needs.
  • Adjust your irrigation system and check for efficiency to save water.