PALMDALE – The Palmdale Water District board of directors unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday implementing a Stage 3 emergency drought water conservation initiative.
The resolution mandates that water usage is focused on essential functions for domestic purposes, sanitation, fire prevention and public health and safety, rather than outdoor watering, according to the Palmdale Water District.
The Palmdale Water District service area must reduce water consumption by 32 percent by Feb. 28, 2016, or face penalties totaling $10,000 per day for non-compliance, officials said in a press release.
“This resolution is a rallying call to all residents here in Palmdale and the Greater Antelope Valley to work together as a community to conserve water,” stated Kathy Mac Laren, president of the Palmdale Water District board of directors. “We are all in this together, including me and the other board members. We know that this is a great challenge for us all, but I know we will be successful.”
The resolution becomes effective Monday, June 1. Outdoor watering will be limited to two days per week – Wednesdays and Saturdays, but not between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Watering will not be permitted 48 hours after a measurable rainfall. And the resolution implements a drought surcharge of 45 cents per unit for customers whose water consumption reaches Tiers 2-6, which is considered non-essential water usage. [View the resolution here.]
The District will assess water waste fines under the guidance of the Urban Water Management Plan through a four step process:
- Documented warning
- $50 fine
- $500 fine
- Water disconnection.
For more information on the District’s Emergency Water Conservation restrictions, visit www.palmdalewater.org. The District is accepting water waste tips from concerned residents at 661-456-1099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Our residents are used to doing more with less. They have perseverance and a strong sense of community,” stated Robert Alvarado, director of the Palmdale Water Board. “What we are asking them to do is to keep trimming water use where possible and help to educate friends and neighbors about water conservation practices.”
[Information via press release from the Palmdale Water District.]