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Regional Water Issues

Next Meeting Agenda December 6, 2022, at 5:30 PM

District Responds to Governor Newsome’s Voluntary Conservation Proclamation.  At the November 2, 2021 Board of Director’s meeting the District approved Activation of Level 1 of the Water Shortage Contingency Plan, to meet Governor Newsome’s goal of 15% voluntary reduction in usage from 2020 levels.

 

Lakeside Water District Board of Directors

Approves Implementation of Water Shortage Response Level 2

Demand Reduction Measures.

The Lakeside Water Board of Director’s at the August 2, 2022 meeting approved implementation of the District’s Level 2 demand reduction measures of the Water Shortage Contingency Plan in compliance of the Governors Executive Order N-7-22 and the State Water Resources Control Board’s May 24, 2022 Emergency Regulations – “Prevention of Drought Wasteful Water Uses”.

On March 28, 2022, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-7-22 directing the State Water Resources Control Board to adopt an emergency regulation to increase water conservation, regardless of local water supplies and resources. The SWRCB adopted the statewide regulation on May 24, 2022, which includes:

  1. Urban water suppliers must submit preliminary supply and demand assessments to the Department of Water Resources by June1, 2022.
  2. Urban water suppliers must implement all conservation actions in their locally adopted plans meant to address at least a water shortage level of 10 to 20 percent (Level 2) by June 10, 2022.
  3. Owners and managers of commercial, industrial, and institutional properties must not use potable water for irrigating non-functional turf which is grass that is not regularly used for human recreational purposes, community events, or sports.

The emergency regulation will remain in effect until June 2023, or until it is no longer necessary due to changed conditions, or the SWRCB renews the regulation due to continuing drought conditions.

To adhere with the state’s emergency drought regulations, the Board implemented its Level 2 demand reduction measures. The District’s Level 2 demand reduction measures include the following and are required of customers:

  1. Limit outdoor watering to no more than three days per week – customers may choose which three days to water.
  2. Limit outdoor irrigation with sprinklers to no more than 10 minutes per station, per assigned day, unless using efficient irrigation such as drip/micro-irrigation systems, stream rotor sprinklers, rotating nozzles, weather-based controllers, etc.
  3. Water landscaped areas, including trees and shrubs located on residential and commercial properties not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system shall be watered by using a bucket, hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, or low-volume non-spray irrigation.
  4. Water only between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.
  5. Use recirculated water to operate ornamental fountains.
  6. Repair all leaks within five days.  

Following are existing water use prohibitions per California State Law and Executive Order B-37-16 that are always in effect:

  1. No outdoor watering during a rain event or within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
  2. No watering down a sidewalk with a hose instead of using a broom or a brush except to alleviate safety or sanitary conditions.
  3. No washing of automobiles with hoses not equipped with a shut-off nozzle.
  4. No overwatering a landscape 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.
  5. Homeowners associations (HOAs) and local governments may not penalize homeowners for certain outdoor conservation practices during a declared shortage.
  6. No serving of drinking 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.
  7. No irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians.
  8. No irrigation with potable water 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.

The provisions of this policy do not apply to use of water from private wells or to recycled water. The District will continue to promote available rebates and other programs offered by the San Diego County Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District available at WaterSmartSD.org. to assist the District customers.