April 14, 2021 4:04 PM
2021 Water Restrictions
Water Restrictions 2021
Because we met the RGPCD of 65, we started our season with “normal” restrictions. In April the State declared a Level 1 Drought for our Northeast Region which changed the restrictions. Due to beneficial rainfall the Drought declaration was lifted in May. Our Drought status can change based on several variables and customers need to be mindful of the current restrictions.
CURRENT RESTRICTIONS -Seasonal Non-Essential Outdoor Water Use Restrictions 2021
Effective May 1st through September 30th
NO non-essential outdoor water use from 9 am to 5 pm every day
The State Drought Management Task Force uses 6 Drought Indices as the primary drivers of drought determination.
1. Precipitation 2. Streamflows 3. Groundwater 4. Lakes and impoundments 5. Fire danger 6. Evapotranspiration
Drought Declaration Levels and Restrictions are as follows WHEN A Drought is declared;
Nonessential Outdoor Water-Use Restrictions EFFECTIVE WHEN A DROUGHT IS DECLARED
Level 1 (Mild Drought) - 1 day per week watering, after 5 p.m. or before 9 a.m. (to minimize evaporative losses)
Level 2 (Significant Drought) - Limit outdoor watering to hand-held hoses or watering cans, to be used only after 5 p.m. or before 9 a.m.
Level 3 (Critical Drought) - Ban on all nonessential outdoor water use
Level 4 (Emergency Drought) - Ban on all nonessential outdoor water use
Nonessential outdoor water uses that ARE SUBJECT to mandatory restrictions include:
• Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems;
• Washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety;
• Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.
The following uses may be ALLOWED when mandatory restrictions (No Drought) are in place;
• irrigation to establish a new lawn and new plantings during the months of May and September only;
• irrigation of public parks and recreational fields by means of automatic sprinklers outside the hours of 9 am to 5 pm; and
• irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers, and ornamental plants by means of a hand held hose.
Water uses NOT SUBJECT to mandatory restrictions are those required:
• for health or safety reasons;
• by regulation;
• for the production of food and fiber;
• for the maintenance of livestock; or
• to meet the core functions of a business(for example, irrigation by golf courses as necessary to maintain tees, greens, and limited fairway watering, or irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock).