PALMDALE – Palmdale Water District water wasters are no longer receiving warnings for violations of water conservation regulations. The Palmdale Water Board approved an update to the resolution governing watering restrictions in order to reach the State mandated water consumption reduction of 32 percent.
First offenses will receive a $50 fine, followed by a $250 fine for a second offense, $500 for a third offense, and water shut-off for a fourth.
Most District customers, including businesses, residents, municipal facilities, and industry are following the guidelines put in place beginning June 1, 2015.
However, violators who water on off days and times and disregard other water use restrictions are putting the burden of achieving the State’s mandatory reduction numbers on those who follow the guidelines.
“While most District customers are reducing water consumption by making sacrifices such as allowing lawns to go brown, not washing their vehicles as frequently, and changing daily routines and habits to conserve water, some continue to think that these restrictions do not apply to them,” stated Mike McNutt, Public Information Officer and Water Conservation Director. “The updated water waste violation resolution focuses on those customers who are riding on the coattails of those making the sacrifices.”
Non-compliance of the mandated 32 percent consumption reduction will result in fines to the District of $10,000 per day beginning in early 2016. District employees will be increasing efforts to catch violators by driving throughout the service area during the early morning hours, overnight, on weekends, and during regular business hours. Violators will be provided a door tag with information on which guideline has been disregarded.
“Long-term water reliability and ensuring that our customers receive clean, healthy, and affordable water is the mission of the Palmdale Water District,” stated Matt Knudson, Assistant General Manager. “We live in a different California than we did 10 years ago with water conservation as our new normal. Our water problems are complex, but if we rally together as a community, we can achieve great things.”
The Water District is asking the community to continue pushing to conserve water where they can and to report water waste or watering at non-designated times by calling 661-456-1099 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information regarding the Palmdale Water District’s watering restrictions, visit www.palmdalewater.org.
[Information via news release from the Palmdale Water District.]
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