PALMDALE – Due to severe drought conditions, low supplies, and to be in compliance with the State Water Resources Control Board’s new Emergency Drought Regulations, the Palmdale Water District Board of Directors approved a Resolution on July 23 enacting strict water conservation measures with the goal of a 20% reduction in water usage for the rest of the year.
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 closed recycling system.
- No restaurant, hotel, cafe, 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 and 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 watering hour restrictions during the months of November, December, January, February, and March. Watering can occur between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
- The District will allow an exemption from the watering schedule if an ET based controller is installed and operating. The ET Controller Exemption Form must be completed and the installation verified by a licensed landscape architect or PWD staff.
- 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 acts 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 watering utilizing reclaimed water or where public use requires a modified and approved watering schedule.
- Athletic field watering can occur between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. the following morning.
- Watering schedules must be adhered to at all times. The District requires advance written notice of any maintenance activities requiring water use between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
- The use of water from fire hydrants shall be limited to fire fighting and related activities and other uses of water for municipal purposes shall be limited to activities necessary to maintain the public health, safety, and welfare. Ongoing water system improvement projects are also exempt under this section and may continue to use construction meters in accordance with standard District policy.
The District has a Waste of Water Policy that is always in effect and a fine can be charged for the misuse of water.
Waste of Water Policy
California law prohibits the waste or unreasonable use of water and requires that the District take all appropriate actions to prevent such waste and unreasonable use of this finite resource.
Despite its conservation efforts, including its campaign to encourage conservation by consumers, the District has been made aware of consumers activities including ( 1 ) over-irrigation, (2) misuse of water in cleaning of paved surfaces, and (3) waste resulting from inefficient and leaking plumbing fixtures, all of which result in runoff or waste of water.
In order to prevent continued waste and unreasonable use of water and to protect its limited available water supply, the District adopts the following policy:
- Upon notification of observation of waste or misuse of water, the District shall:
- Make a photographic record of such activity;
- Provide notice to the consumer in writing or by means of a door tag; and
- Log the warning on the consumer’s service record.
- In the event of a second offense, the District shall:
- Assess a surcharge of $50.00 upon the consumer for each offense occurring after the warning has been given;
- Give notice to the consumer in writing that if such waste or misuse continues or occurs again, the consumer will be subject to disconnection of service.
- Upon third offense, the District shall:
- Give notice to the consumer that disconnection of service will occur within five (5) working days of the date of the notice;
- Disconnect the consumer’s service; and
- Charge the consumer a disconnection charge for waste or misuse of water as set forth in Appendix D and turn-on fee as set forth in Appendix D if service is later restored. Service will be restored only when the consumer has provided evidence satisfactory to the District that waste and unreasonable use of water will no longer occur.
The complete “Waste of Water Policy” can be viewed at www.palmdalewater.org.
To report water waste, call the District’s Water Waste Hotline at 661-456-1099.
(Information via press release from the Palmdale Water District.)
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