Water Use Efficiency is a Way of Life
Stage 1 of the CCSD's Water Shortage Contingency Plan includes the following actions and restrictions:
|THE FOLLOWING ARE PROHIBITED AT ALL TIMES UNDER CHAPTER 4.08 OF THE CCSD MUNICIPAL CODE:|
|The watering of grass, lawns, ground-cover, shrubbery, open ground, crops, and trees herein after collectively called "landscape or other irrigation," in a manner or to an extent which allows excess water to run-off the area being watered. Every water user is deemed to have under his or her control at all times his or her water distribution lines and facilities and to know the manner and extent of his or her water use and excess run-off;|
|The washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, windows, buildings, and all other hard-surfaced areas by direct hosing unless utilizing high-pressure, low-volume systems;|
|The escape of water through breaks or leaks within the water user's plumbing or distribution system for any substantial period of time within which such break or leak should reasonably have been discovered and corrected. Water must be shut off within two hours after the water user discovers such leak or break or receives notice from the district of such leak or break, whichever occurs first. Such leak or break shall be corrected within an additional six hours;|
|The serving of water to customers by any eating establishment except when specifically requested;|
|Except as approved in advance in writing by the general manager of the district, the use of water by governmental entities or agencies for: (1) routine water system flushing for normal maintenance, (2) routine sewer system flushing for normal maintenance, and (3) fire personnel training;|
|Washing vehicles by use of an unrestrained hose. Use of a bucket for washing a vehicle and rinsing with a hose with a shutoff at the point of release is permitted subject to non-wasteful applications. Vehicle is defined as any mechanized form of transportation including, but not limited to, passenger cars, trucks, recreational vehicles (RVs), campers, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), motorcycles, boats, jet skis, and off-road vehicles;|
|Use of potable water from the district's water supply system for compacting or dust control purposes;|
|Using unmetered water from any fire hydrant, except as required for fire suppression;|
|It is unlawful for any consumer to remove, replace, alter, or damage any water meter or components thereof.|
Other actions/restrictions include:
- Landscape irrigation using non-potable water sources is encouraged; no restrictions.
- Irrigation of parks, school ground areas, and road median landscaping will not be permitted more than twice a week.
- Irrigation of ornamental turf on public medians with potable water is prohibited.
- No application of potable water to outdoor landscapes (turf and ornamental landscapes) within 48 hours before, during, or after a rainfall event with measurable rainfall. Measurable rainfall for the region is defined as greater than or equal to 0.5 inches.
- New landscaping should be limited to native or drought tolerant plants when a Stage 1 water conservation program is in effect.
- Limits on watering duration. Watering or irrigating of lawns, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water using a landscape irrigation system or a watering device that is not continuously attended is limited to no more than 15 minutes per day per station. This subsection does not apply to landscape irrigation systems that exclusively use high efficiency irrigation equipment, very low-flow drip type irrigation systems when no emitter produces more than two gallons of water per hour, and weather-based controllers or high-efficiency stream rotor sprinklers.
- Operators of hotels, motels, and other commercial establishments offering lodgings shall post in each room a notice of water shortage conditions, encouraging water conservation practices.
- Lodging establishment must offer opt out of linen service.
- Require covers for pools and spas.
- Watering to maintain the level of water in swimming pools shall occur only when essential.
Resources for the Community
Download a printable one-pager about Stage 1 below. Post this easy-to-read guide at your home or business to remind yourself that Water Use Efficiency is a Cambria Way of Life.