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June 21, 2022 1:32 PM

Customers Asked to Step up Water Savings Amid Worsening Drought

Like most HDWD customers, you recognize that conservation is a way of life in California. We greatly appreciate everything you are doing to reduce water use. However, following a state drought emergency directive, HDWD will move to Stage 2 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan, calling for additional conservation actions by Friday, June 10, 2022.

The District responded to action by the State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, that ordered water suppliers across California to enact immediate measures for water use reductions of 10% to 20% and ban the use of drinking water to irrigate ornamental grass at commercial, industrial, and institutional properties. Water waste from sprinkler overspray, runoff and leaks is prohibited.

Under Stage 2, customers should avoid nonessential use of drinking water and limit outdoor irrigation to three days per week, between 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. Trees, shrubs, vegetable gardens and plants in containers may be watered more frequently if they are on drip irrigation or hand watered.

The State Water Resources Control Board call for additional drought response followed Governor Gavin Newsom’s warning on May 23 that failure to achieve 20% reductions in water use would result in statewide, mandatory restrictions this summer.

Actions that can help reach the targeted 20% reduction include:
• Limit outdoor watering or replace grass with waterwise landscaping
• Restrict showers to 5 minutes and skip baths, which use more water
• Sweep outdoor areas with a broom instead of using a hose
• Wash only full loads of clothes and dishes

For information on Stage 2 and restrictions, click the link below.

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