Expanded Conservation Outreach and Carmel River Activities the Focus of Actions
The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) Board of Directors has voted unanimously to approve a set of increased interim conservation measures to help combat the effects of the third year of drought on the Monterey Peninsula. These measures include an increased level of conservation-focused public outreach and additional riparian vegetation and fisheries activities along the Carmel River.
“Since the MPWMD’s residents and businesses have already been conserving water at Stage 1 for over 15 years, increased conservation is expected to come from voluntary measures, as well as additional public outreach to large water users and irrigators”, commented Dave Stoldt, MPWMD General Manager. “However, due to the historically low levels of rain during the past few months, the District is asking everyone to do all they can to help conserve water.”
The Monterey Peninsula currently uses less water per person than most areas in the state, but with the current water year the driest on record and the Governor’s declaration of a statewide drought emergency, the Water Management District is reminding everyone of the Stage 1 conservation requirements. Those requirements include the prohibition on wasting water or using it for non-essential purposes and the implementation of the district’s “Outdoor Watering Schedule.” Residents are also encouraged to water only if needed and not to water between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
“In addition to these Stage 1 measures there are over a dozen free water saving devices available at the Water Management District’s Monterey Office”, said MPWMD Water Demand Manager Stephanie Locke-Pintar. “ The District also offers substantial rebates on high efficiency clothes washers as well as high-efficiency toilets, dishwashers and other water-saving appliances and devices.”
For more information on free water saving devices and residential and commercial rebates, please call the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District at 831.658.5601 or visit www.montereywaterinfo.org<http://www.montereywaterinfo.org/>