By now almost everyone has heard that the Governor of California and Western Municipal Water District (WMD) and declared that we are in a drought and have unilaterally, via “executive order” set compliance mandates and fines for violations. Here is a summary of the requirements taken from WMD’s web site.
Drought Response: Outdoor Water Use Restricted
In the face of continuing drought, every water agency in California must implement measures to comply with Governor Brown’s April 1, 2015 Executive Order. For Western Municipal Water District customers this means severely limiting outdoor water use, effective immediately. At Western's May 20 Board Meeting, the Board of Directors approved moving into a more restrictive stage of the Water Supply Shortage Contingency Plan. Customers’ outdoor budgets will be reduced by 30 percent. As long as this Executive Order is in effect, the water used above your reduced water budget will be billed at the Tier 5 rate.
Please continue your diligence in using water efficiently at your homes and businesses.
· Outdoor budgets reduced 30 percent.
· Commercial customer budgets reduced by 10 percent.
· Landscape watering is prohibited on all days of the week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
· Irrigate only three days a week during summer, two days a week during winter.
· Water trees once every four weeks and shrubs, young trees and roses no more than once a week.
· Add a four-inch layer of mulch to all soil areas.
· Irrigation run-off from property must be eliminated.
· Hoses must have automatic, shut-off nozzles.
· All leaks, improperly adjusted sprinklers, or other water conduits/fixtures that need repair must be corrected within 96 hours of District notification.
· No washing down sidewalks, driveways, patios or other paved or hard surface areas.
· No pruning or fertilizing of plants
· Turn off landscape irrigation during or within 48 hours of rain.
WMD does not state what the penalties will be but in this web site are the calculations; http://www.codepublishing.com/CA/WMWD/html/WMWD05/WMWD0545.html
May 15, 2015
Temporary Program Suspension
Thank you for your interest in using water more efficiently by changing your landscape through the turf grass replacement program.
The turf replacement program is partially funded by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Metropolitan is in the process of revising eligibility requirements and the rebate amounts. We are suspending approval of new applications to the program until a decision is made by Metropolitan. At this time, we anticipate restarting the program June 1, 2015; this date is subject to change.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
You can still submit a program application on this website, however, we won't formally accept your application until the new program guidelines are announced (approx. June 1, 2015). When the program is restarted, your project will be subject to the new program guidelines and funding levels. We recommend that you delay submitting your application until the new program guidelines are announced.
Customers that have already completed the required on-site pre-inspection and have received written approval to begin their projects from the program administrator can continue to work on replacement projects. Please follow all established program guidelines as you complete your project.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Turf Program Support Team
You can visit Western Municipal Water District’s Drought website here http://www.wmwd.com/index.aspx?nid=391
Riverside City residents can click here http://www.riversidedrought.com/ for a link to the City’s drought information.
I hope this helps…