PALMDALE – To comply with water restrictions now required by the state, the Palmdale Water District (PWD) may soon have to implement an emergency plan to conserve water, officials announced Wednesday.
The plan includes mandatory water conservation measures that will affect all customers and fines for customers who waste water, according to press release by the Palmdale Water District. Read it below:
NOTICE TO ALL PWD CUSTOMERS
On July 15, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) issued Mandatory Emergency Water Conservation Regulations that prohibit individuals from engaging in certain water use practices throughout the state of California. The SWRCB adopted emergency regulations requiring water suppliers to enact mandatory water conservation measures due to continued dry weather, the prolonged drought, low water supplies, and a lack of response to the Governor’s requested voluntary 20% cut back on water usage. These regulations will be effective beginning August 1 and will remain in effect for 270 days.
Palmdale Water District (District) has prepared plans for the drought conditions with increasing degrees of rationing. The District will consider action in the near future to comply with the action by SWRCB. The action will be to implement the Stage 1 Water Shortage Emergency Plan contained in the District’s 2010 Urban Water Management Plan. This is explained in Section 5 of the Urban Water Management Plan that can be found [here].
Please note the mandatory regulations will affect all District customers, and fines can be charged for the waste of water. Additionally, the District’s existing “Waste of Water Policy” remains in effect. The “Waster of Water Policy” can be seen on the District’s website [here].
PWD Stage 1 Mandatory Water Conservation Regulations:
- There shall be no hose washing of sidewalks, walkways, buildings, walls, patios, driveways, parking areas or other paved surfaces, or walls, except to eliminate conditions dangerous to public health or safety or when required as surface preparation for the application of architectural coating or painting.
- Washing of motor vehicles, trailers, boats and other types of equipment shall be done only with a hand-held nozzle for quick rinses, except that washing may be done with reclaimed wastewater or by a commercial car wash using recycled water.
- No water shall be used to clean, fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains, ponds, lakes or other similar aesthetic structures unless such water is part of a recycling system.
- No restaurant, hotel, café, cafeteria or other public place where food is sold, served or offered for sale, shall serve drinking water to any customer unless expressly requested and shall display a notice to that effect.
- All water users shall promptly repair all leaks from indoor and outdoor plumbing fixtures.
- No lawn, landscape, or other turf area shall be watered more often than three (3) days per week, no more often than every other day, nor during the hours between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Water days will be set as follows: addresses ending in an even number starting on Monday and addresses ending in an odd number starting on Tuesday.
- No water users shall cause or allow the water to run off landscape areas into adjoining streets, sidewalks, or other paved areas due to incorrectly directed or maintained sprinklers or excessive watering. If cited, random actions of vandalism will be considered in any appeal.
- The owner and manager of every hotel, motel, inn, guest house, bed and breakfast facility, and short-term commercial lodging shall post a notice of such shortage and any necessary compliance measures.
- Commercial nurseries, golf courses, parks, school yards, and other public open space, and landscaped areas shall be prohibited from watering lawn, landscaping, and other turf areas more often than five days per week and between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., except that there shall be no restriction on water utilizing reclaimed water or where public use requires a modified and approved watering schedule.
Don’t Waste Water Hotline
The Palmdale Water District has an active number (661) 456-1099 for its customers to call when they see water being wasted due to: visible lawn over-watering practices, broken sprinkler heads or incorrectly directed sprinkler heads and broken pipes leading to street run off. The Hotline is consistent with the District’s “Waste of Water Policy” which helps prevent continued and unreasonable use of water. You can also call the District’s number (661) 947-4111, ext. 1001 or email email@example.com.