On May 24, 2022, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a drought-related emergency water conservation regulation that places new requirements on urban water suppliers. These new requirements are that Elk Grove Water District (EGWD) must implement actions of Stage 2 in its Water Shortage Contingency Plan with a goal of reducing water usage by 20% percent.
The following actions represent Stage 2:
- Irrigation watering will be limited to two times per week.
- Addresses ending in an odd number irrigate on Tuesday, Friday from 8pm-8am.
- Addresses ending in an even number irrigate on Monday, Thursday from 8pm-8am.
- Leaking customer pipes or faulty sprinklers shall be repaired within two working days or less if warranted by the severity of the problem.
- Restaurants shall serve water only upon request.
- Pools, ponds, and fountains – Water use for ornamental ponds and fountains is prohibited. No potable water from EGWD’s system shall be used to fill or refill new swimming pools, artificial lakes, ponds, or streams. Existing pools shall be drained and refilled for health, maintenance, or structural considerations only.
- Prohibition on irrigating non-functional turf with potable water in the commercial, industrial, and institutional sector including homeowner associations’ common areas. The ban on irrigation includes non-residential grass areas that are considered ornamental and not otherwise used for recreation or other community purposes.
These requirements and actions go into effect immediately.
NORMAL WATER SUPPLY – No shortage exists.
The following practices that waste potable water are prohibited:
- Runoff – Irrigation shall not be allowed to run off to adjoining properties or to the roadside ditch or gutter.
- Watering after a Rainfall Event – No irrigation shall be allowed for 48 hours after a measurable rainfall event. A measurable rainfall event shall be defined as an event having 0.10 inches of rain in one day.
- Hoses – Open hoses are not permitted. Automatic shutoff nozzles are required.
- Washing driveways and other paved areas – Use of water to clean sidewalks, driveways, patios, or other hardscapes is not permitted. Washing of streets and commercial parking lots with a hose is not permitted, except to alleviate immediate fire or sanitation hazards.
- Pools, ponds and fountains – All swimming pools, ponds, fountains, or other decorative water feature shall use recirculated water.
- Irrigating After Rainfall - The Elk Grove Water District refers to the Department of Water Resources California Data Exchange Center (CDEC) in determining when measurable rainfall has occurred in our District. EGWD defines measurable rainfall as 1/10 of an inch (.10).
PENALTIES FOR WATER WASTING UNDER NORMAL WATER SUPPLY CONDITIONS
- First and Second Violation – Customer is notified of a violation.
- Third Violation – Written warning sent to customer.