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Current Water Stage & Water Use Restrictions

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On June 7, 2016, the District's Board of Directors declared Normal Water Supply Conditions and a District-wide water conservation goal of a 10% reduction in water use each month when compared to the same month in 2013.

Customers interested in helping the District achieve the 10% water reduction goal are encouraged to implement the five (5) recommended practices

Recommended Practices for Normal Water Supply Conditions:

  1. Watering three (3) days or less per week is encouraged;
    • Customers whose address ends with an odd number are encouraged to only water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
    • Customers whose address ends with an even number are encouraged to only water on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
    • Watering on Mondays is not recommended.
  2. Pool covers for swimming pools and spas are recommended to reduce evaporation;
  3. Customers are encouraged to wash only full loads of laundry and dishes; and,    
  4. District Customers are encouraged to take advantage of the District’s conservation programs and rebates.
  5. Customers with Weather Based Irrigation Controllers (WBIC) are recommended to operate their controller using 80% of ET for the Sacramento region.

Normal Water Supply; Mandatory Water Use Restrictions

Water supply conditions are adequate to meet the demands of the District’s Customers. The goal of Normal Water Supply is the use of water efficiently in conformance with the water conservation Best Management Practices (BMPs) specified in the District’s Urban Water Management Plan. Requirements specified in this stage are applicable to and in force at all times and in all other stages of this regulation. The following requirements shall be in force during Normal Water Supply and in all subsequent stage declarations unless the Board modifies or adds to these restrictions:
  1. Water must not be permitted to discharge, flow, or run to waste into any gutter, sanitary sewer, water course, or storm drain, or to any adjacent lot, from any tap, hose, faucet, pipe, sprinkler, or nozzle. In the case of irrigation, “discharge,” “flow,” or “run to waste” means that the earth intended to be irrigated has been saturated with water to the point that excess water flows over the earth to waste. In the case of washing, “discharge,” “flow,” or “run to waste” means the water in excess of that which is necessary to wash, wet or clean the dirty or dusty object, such as an automobile or boat, flows to waste;
  2. The washing of vehicles is permitted only with the use of a water saver nozzle equipped with automatic shut-off and bucket, provided minimal runoff occurs on sidewalks or street;
  3. The use of water for washing down sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, homes or buildings is prohibited except as necessary for health, sanitary, or fire protection purposes. A Customer desiring a variance may submit a written request to the District which will be reviewed by the Water Conservation Supervisor and submitted to the General Manager or his designee for approval or denial;
  4. Customers watering food grown for personal consumption are exempt from any watering day restrictions in all Water Conservation Stages;
  5. All water hoses or filling apparatus shall be equipped with a control nozzle capable of completely shutting off the flow of water except when positive pressure to the nozzle is applied;
  6. All water fixtures or heating or cooling devices must not be allowed to leak or discharge. All known leaks must be repaired within seven (7) days or less depending on the severity of the leak.
  7. The operation of an irrigation system that applies water to an impervious surface (example: concrete or asphalt) or that is in disrepair is prohibited;
  8. Water during cooler morning and evening hours to reduce evaporation and avoid peak energy demand times. Outdoor watering from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. during the months of May - August is prohibited; & watering from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. during the months of September – April is prohibited;
  9. Measurable rainfall shall be defined as any rainfall equal to or greater than 1/8 of an inch;
  10. Backwashing or overfilling, so as to discharge water to waste, swimming pools, decorative basins, or ponds in excess of the frequency reasonably necessary to maintain the clarity or cleanliness of the water is prohibited. Pool draining and refilling will be allowed only for health or structural maintenance/repair considerations upon submittal of a written report by a health official or pool professional and approved by the Water Conservation Supervisor;
  11. All pools, spas, decorative or ornamental fountains, ponds and waterways must be equipped with a recirculation pump and must be constructed to be leak-proof;
  12. The use of water from a fire hydrant without the expressed written permission from the District is prohibited;
  13. The use of water in new conveyer car washes and new commercial laundry systems that do not use a recirculation system shall be prohibited;
  14. Customers enrolled in the Large Irrigation Services Customer (LISC) program will adhere to the LISC Agreement, as signed by both the customer and the District;
  15. The serving of water other than upon request in eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased is prohibited;
  16. The irrigation of any ornamental turf located in a street median is prohibited;
  17. The irrigation of landscapes outside of newly constructed homes and buildings in a manner inconsistent with regulations or other requirements established by the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development is prohibited;
  18. To promote water conservation, operators of hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily. The hotel or motel shall prominently display notice of this option in each guestroom using clear and easily understood language;
  19. Customers may register their Weather Based Irrigation Controllers (WBIC) with the District for consideration in subsequent Water Conservation Stages.  Customers with a registered WBIC shall be exempt from any watering schedule in any subsequent Water Conservation Stage, provided the WBIC is in good repair and set to operate off of its intended weather based operating instructions. Customers with a registered WBIC can allow the controller to operate with 100% of evapotranspiration (ET) settings for the Sacramento area in Normal Water Supply conditions; and,
  20. Customers utilizing a drip irrigation system to irrigate their landscape (including subsurface drip irrigation systems for turf/lawn areas) are exempt from any watering day restrictions listed or determined by the Board in all subsequent Water Conservation Stages.

Enforcement

  • First encounter - Notice of Violation - Education
    • Notify customer about situation. Educate about benefits of making changes. Offer Water-Wise House Call.
  • Second Encounter – Warning Notice of Violation 
    • Issue Warning Notice. Warn customer that subsequent infractions will result in violations.
  • Third Encounter – First Violation
    • Issue First Violation. Certified letter sent to customer stating that subsequent infractions will result in additional service charges.
  • Fourth Encounter – Second Violation
    • Issue Second Violation. Customer is assessed a $50 service charge.
  • Fifth Encounter – Third Violation
    • Issue Third Violation. Customer is assessed a $100 service charge.
  • Sixth Encounter – Fourth Violation
    • Issue Fourth Violation. Flat Rate customers will have service discontinued, downsized (if presently unmetered) or have a meter installed at home owner expense. Metered customers may have water use discontinued and or have an additional service charges.

Contact the District with any questions you may have at 916.972.7171 or feedback@sswd.org.