Mandatory Water-Use Restrictions
 

January 2014, Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions. The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) executed an emergency regulation to increase conservation practices and help meet the Governor’s goal of a 20% reduction. In September, 2014, HDWD adopted Stage 1 of Mandatory Water Use Restrictions in addition to HDWD’s Ordinance.

As California faces its fourth year of severe drought, the SWRCB adopted an expanded emergency regulation to safeguard the state’s remaining water supplies. SCRCB increases conservation goals to a 25% reduction statewide. HDWD has been assigned to reduce water use by 16%. On June 3, 2015, HDWD adopted Stage 2 of Mandatory Water Use Restrictions to reflect the new State-wide restrictions which SWRCB adopted on May 18, 2015.

HDWD firmly believes that our customers can continue to be leaders in the conservation effort.

 

 

Stage 2 - Mandatory Water-Use Restrictions (June 3, 2015) 

HDWD's drought contingency plan includes the following water use restrictions, in addition to Ordinance 68 restrictions, which immediately went into effect:

  • No hose washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas, patios, porches, or verandas or any hardscape unless required by a regulatory agency for health or safety reasons.
  • No water shall be used to clean, fill, operate or maintain levels in decorative fountains or other decorative water feature, unless such water is part of a recycling or recirculating system.
  • No person shall knowingly permit water to leak from any facility within his/her premises.
  • The serving of drinking water 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, may only be provided upon request.
  • Noncommercial washing of privately owned vehicles, trailers, motor homes, buses, or boats will not be permitted except while using a bucket and a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle that causes the hose to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use, which may be used for a quick rinse.
  • Water shall be allowed for construction purposes, including, but not limited to, debrushing of vacant land, compaction of fills and ads, trench backfill and other construction uses, but shall be used in an efficient manner and not result in runoff. The use of "rainbird" type sprinklers is not recommended.
  • Potable water from within the District shall not be used to maintain dirt roads without application to the District.
  • No use of water for any purpose, excepted as provided herein, which results in flooding or runoff onto hardscape, driveways, streets, adjacent lands or into gutters shall be permitted.
  • No Use of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures shall be permitted.
  • No use of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours of a measurable rainfall.
  • 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.

Exceptions to these mandates will be made in situations where health and safety concerns exist. We expect our customers to use water as efficiently as possible under these exemptions.

Enforcement and Penalties

  1. The first violation will result in a written notice;
  2. The second violation will result in a $25 fine on the water bill;
  3. The third violation will result in a $50 fine on the water bill;
  4. The fourth and any subsequent violations will result in a $100 fine or more on the water bill.

 

Stage 1 - Mandatory Water-Use Restrictions (September 3, 2014) 

HDWD's drought contingency plan includes the following water use restrictions, in addition to Ordinance 68 restrictions, which immediately went into effect:

  • No hose washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas, patios, porches, or verandas or any hardscape unless required by a regulatory agency for health or safety reasons.
  • No water shall be used to clean, fill, operate or maintain levels in decorative fountains or other decorative water feature, unless such water is part of a recycling or recirculating system.
  • No person shall knowingly permit water to leak from any facility within his/her premises.
  • Restaurants shall provide water to customers only upon request.
  • Noncommercial washing of privately owned vehicles, trailers, motor homes, buses, or boats will not be permitted except while using a bucket and a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle that causes the hose to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use, which may be used for a quick rinse.
  • Water shall be allowed for construction purposes, including, but not limited to, debrushing of vacant land, compaction of fills and ads, trench backfill and other construction uses, but shall be used in an efficient manner and not result in runoff. The use of "rainbird" type sprinklers is not recommended.
  • Potable water from within the District shall not be used to maintain dirt roads without application to the District.
  • No use of water for any purpose, excepted as provided herein, which results in flooding or runoff onto hardscape, driveways, streets, adjacent lands or into gutters shall be permitted.
  • No Use of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures shall be permitted.

Exceptions to these mandates will be made in situations where health and safety concerns exist. We expect our customers to use water as efficiently as possible under these exemptions.

Enforcement and Penalties

  1. The first violation will result in a written notice;
  2. The second violation will result in a $25 fine on the water bill;
  3. The third violation will result in a $50 fine on the water bill;
  4. The fourth and any subsequent violations will result in a $100 fine or more on the water bill.

 

Ordinance 68 (June 17, 1992)

In response to the water shortage condition due to overdrafting the Warren Valley Basin,  HDWD adopted Ordinance 68. Click here to view the Ordinance 68 language. Subsequent Emergency Orders shall supersede parts of this Ordinance when there is a conflict.

 

  • No hose washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas, patios, porches or verandas, or any hardscape, unless required by a regulatory agency for health or safety reasons.
  • No water shall be used to clean, fill, operate or maintain levels in decorative fountains, unless such water is part of a recycling system.
  • No person shall knowingly permit water to leak from any facility within his/her premises.
  • No use of potable water is permitted to irrigate, water or sprinkle grass, lawns, groundcover, shrubbery, crops, vegetation and trees between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. during the high use season which begins June 1 and terminates September 30 of each year. During this season, water shall be permitted on any three (3) days of the week, of the customer’s, but shall not exceed three (3) days of any week.

In the low season beginning October 1 and ending May 31, watering is permitted at the discretion of the individual customer according to the weather conditions taking into account temperature and wind factors. During this season, water shall be permitted on any three (3) days of the week, of the customer’s choice, but shall not exceed three (3) days of any week.

  • Water shall be allowed for construction purposes, including but not limited to debrushing of vacant land, compaction of fills and pads, trench backfill and other construction uses, but shall be used in an efficient manner and not result in run-off. A representative of the owner or builder shall be on site during such water use. The use of “rainbird” type sprinklers is not recommended.
  • Potable water from within the District shall not be used to maintain dirt roads without application to the District.
  •  Restaurants shall provide water to customers only upon request.
  • Non-commercial washing of privately owned vehicles, trailers, motor homes, busses or boats will not be permitted except from a bucket and a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle which may be used for a quick rinse.
  • No use of water for any purpose, except as provided herein, which results in flooding or run-off onto hardscape, driveways, streets, adjacent lands or into gutters shall be permitted.

Penalties for Violation of Ordinance 68:

Response to a violation will depend on whichever is the latest regulation violation protocol. [For example, if a violation is issued during Stage 1 implementation, Stage 1 violation protocol will be followed.]

  1. First violation – warning notice.
  2. Second violation – written notice of second violation, and a warning of flow restriction devise or possible shutoff upon a Third violation. In addition, upon a commercial or multi-family service receiving the subject Second Violation, the District may install an irrigation meter (at the customers expense). Within twenty (20) days of such installation, the commercial or multi-family service must have undertaken to install all the necessary connections to the irrigation meter.
  3. Third Violation – The General Manager may direct the installation of a flow restriction device or shut-off of service for a period of no less than 48 hours.

Right of Appeal

Any person wishing to appeal parts of this Ordinance shall do so in writing to the District. The Conservation Coordinator shall review and make decisions on the granting of the appeal and the issuance of a variance. If the applicant for appeal disagrees with the decision, the request may be appealed to the General Manager. If the General Manager and the applicant are unable to reach an accord, then the request for appeal shall be heard by the Conservation Committee of the Board of Directors who shall then refer it to the Board of Directors at a regularly scheduled meeting with a recommendation for approval or denial. All appeals shall be reported monthly to the Board of Directors as part of the Manager’s Report.

 

What Can HDWD Customers Do?

  1. Check for leaks on your property to minimize water waste.
  2. Sign up for HDWD's "Cash for Grass" Rebate Program to minimize outdoor landscape irrigation needs.
  3. Sign up for HDWD's "High-Efficiency Toilet" Rebate Program to minimize water use for your bathroom.
  4. HDWD is now accepting water waste reports online, over the phone and in person (at the office).