Stage 2 Drought Emergency Declared!

Ordinance 15-2 (Full Text)

On May 13, 2015 the Board of Directors declared a Stage Two Drought Emergency and adopted Ordiance 15-2 with mandatory water use restrictions to achieve the required 20% reduction in Municipal and Inductrial (M&I) water consumption to comply with the state-wide 25% reduction in overall water use. Ordiance 15-2 includes statewide emergency conservation regulations recently adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board and to comply with the Governor's Executive Order.

Stage 2 Water Use Regulations
• Automatic shut-off devices shall be attached on any hose or filling apparatus in use.
• Immediately repair breaks and leaks upon discovery. Repairs not completed within seventy-two (72) hours of detection or notification by the District may result in water service turned off by the District to prevent water loss until the repair is completed
• Manual irrigation of landscape with a hose or moveable sprinkler during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. is prohibited.
• Irrigation through fixed irrigation systems, either manually or by timer controller at any time from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., is prohibited, except for testing system or repairing leaks.
• Landscape irrigation is limited to no more than two (2) days per week.
• Water from landscape irrigation running onto areas such as patios, decks, private and public walkways, driveways, roadways, parking lots or structures is prohibited.
• Irrigation of turf or ornamental landscapes during and forty-eight (48) hours following measurable rainfall is prohibited.
• Irrigation of ornamental turf on public street medians is prohibited.
• Irrigation of landscapes outside newly constructed homes and buildings that is not delivered by drip or micro-spray systems is prohibited.
• Using a hose to wash a building, driveway, sidewalk or other paved surface is prohibited unless authorized by CVWD.
• Boats and vehicles shall be washed only at commercial car washing facilities or by use of a bucket and/or hose with a shutoff nozzle.
• Use of water in a fountain or other decorative water feature except if a recirculating system is in place.
• Pools may be drained and refilled up to one third of the volume of a pool per year unless authorized by CVWD.

Commercial Regulations
• Restaurants and other eating establishments must post, in a conspicuous place, a Notice of Drought Condition and serve water only on request.
• Hotels and motels must post a drought notice in each guest room and provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily.
• Gyms, pools and other businesses providing showers must post drought notices and promote limitation of shower use.
• Schools, cemetaries, golf ranges, parks, and other Commercial, Industrial, and Public Authority shall immediately implement water efficiency measures to reduce potable water usage by 25% for each month as compared to the amount used in the same month in 2013
• Commercial, Industrial, and Public Authority facilities with an independent non-District source of water supply shall limit outdoor irrigation to no more than two days per week.


Violation & Enforcement Process
First Violation: Written Warning
Second Violation: $25 fine
Third Violation: $100 fine
Subsequent Violations: $100 fine with a limit up to $500 for each day of violation

For more drought information or water saving ideas, visit the links below:

Drought Information for Santa Barbara County
Save Our Water
Ahorre Nuestra Agua



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