The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) has announced the beginning of the State Water Resources Control Board’s mandatory eight percent water conservation order for customers of California American Water (Cal-Am). Cal-Am’s Monterey County District water customers must demonstrate an eight percent reduction in use for the next nine months from June 1 through February 28, 2016 as compared on a cumulative basis to the same period in 2013.
“For the first time in California’s history, the State is requiring mandatory water conservation,” commented Dave Stoldt, MPWMD General Manager. “Governor Brown and the State Water Board agree that a greater level of conservation now will forestall additional impacts if the current drought continues.”
The Monterey Peninsula has one of the lowest residential per-capita uses in the state, but the Governor’s order is focused on achieving statewide savings of 25 percent across the board – commercial, industrial, institutional, recreational, as well as residential.
“We are all in this together. It is critical that everyone, including businesses and the public sector, consider what more each of us can do to reduce water use,” said MPWMD Water Demand Manager Stephanie Locke. “If we continue our efforts, we will achieve our goal and avoid further action by the State.”
The Water Management District prohibits the following water waste:
• Waste caused by correctable leaks, breaks or malfunctions not fixed within 72 hours.
• Indiscriminate or excessive water use which allows excess to run off site
• Irrigation is limited to after 5 p.m. or before 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Wednesdays only, or if overseen by a professional gardener who is on site may occur between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., but shall not exceed two days per week. (Water efficient irrigation managed by a properly set Smart Controller shall be allowed any days of the week.)
• Hand watering with a hose without a quick acting positive action shut-off nozzle (and is subject to the two-day per week limitation)
• Irrigating during or for 48 hours after measurable rainfall
• Use of potable water for washing buildings, structures, driveways, patios, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard surfaced areas, except in cases where health or safety are at risk
• Serving drinking water to any customer unless expressly requested where food is sold, served, or offered for sale
• Hotels, inns, or bed & breakfasts failing to provide guest option of reusing towels and linens
• Operation of fountains, ponds, lakes or other ornamental use of potable water without recycling
• Draining and refilling of swimming pools or spas except to prevent or correct structural damage or to comply with public health regulations
• Use of potable water for street cleaning
• Unreasonable or excessive use of potable water for dust control or earth compaction where non-potable water or other alternatives are available
• Use of unmetered fire hydrant water by individuals other than for fire suppression or utility system maintenance purposes
• Individual private washing of cars with a hose except with the use of a positive action shut-off nozzle. Use of water for washing commercial aircraft, cars, buses, boats, trailers or other commercial vehicles at any time, except at commercial or fleet vehicle or boat washing facilities operated at a fixed location where equipment-using water is properly maintained to avoid wasteful use
• Charity car washes
• Failure of an owner and/or manager of a rental property to provide a pamphlet, brochure, or other literature to current and future tenants that list the water conservation requirements, including the water waste and non-essential water use regulations
• Failure to meet retrofit requirements after having been given a reasonable amount of time to comply
• Transportation of water without prior written authorization. Emergency or health related situations are exempt from this provision
• Operation of a commercial car wash without recycling at least 50 percent of the potable water used per cycle
• New Construction that does not install and maintain landscaping compliant with the California Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance as revised (California Code of Regulations, Title 23, Water, Division 2, Department of Water Resources, Chapter 2.7, Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance) or with local or District Landscape requirements if more restrictive.
• Washing of livestock with a hose except with the use of a positive action shut-off nozzle.
Flagrant wasting of water will result in fines and legal orders. The District has set up a Water Waste Hotline. If Water Waste is observed please call: 831.658.5653 or visit www.mpwmd.net/waterwaste.