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Apr 14

Drought Watch Update: Board Adopts New Water Waste Prohibitions

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 10:07 AM by Ann Vallee

In response to regulations issued by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on March 17, the MMWD Board of Directors has adopted an ordinance amending the district's water waste prohibitions. MMWD's board took the action at their April 7 meeting to fully comply with the new state regulations designed to address the continuing drought.

Under the new state and district regulations, the following are prohibited:
  • Irrigating ornamental landscape areas or turf grass areas with potable water more than three days in any calendar week
  • Irrigating within 48 hours following measurable rainfall
The new regulations join these water waste prohibitions already on the district's books:
  • Irrigating between 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., except for system testing and repair
  • Using a hose without a shutoff nozzle
  • Allowing irrigation water to runoff or overspray the irrigated area
  • Hosing down sidewalks, driveways, and other hard-surfaced areas
  • Using non-recirculating decorative fountains
Restaurants and Hotels Also Asked to Conserve

The new state regulations also require that restaurants serve drinking water only upon request, and that hotels and motels offer guests the option to decline daily laundering of towels and linens and prominently display notice of this option. MMWD has had a similar regulation in place since 2011, so no further board action was needed.

Governor Calls for Statewide Mandatory Reductions

In addition to the State Water Board regulations announced in March, on April 1 Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 calling for statewide mandatory water use reductions. MMWD's board will consider further conservation requirements to comply with the governor's order once the details of the rules have been finalized by the State Water Board in May.

We Can Help

MMWD continues to offer rebate programs for a variety of water-saving items as well as other conservation programs.

Reservoir and rainfall levels are updated daily on our website.

Thank you for continuing to conserve!

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