New plan goes into effect immediately regarding watering schedules and other water conservation methods.
As we continue into another year of what’s been called the worst drought in California’s history, state and local mandates have required water
companies to come up with even more recommendations and implementation of water conservation tactics.
The first rather noticeable change went into effect on June 11th, based on the newly enacted Ordinance 43. Santa Clarita residents are now allowed to water their lawns only twice per week, down one day from the original three day watering schedule that was in effect from April through October.
Ordinance 43 also prohibits the following actions (As described in a recent news release from the Santa Clarita Water Division:
- Irrigating outdoor lawns, turfs and landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, and or/structures.
- The application of potable water to driveways, sidewalks, and other hardscape.
- Failure to repair a leak within 24 hours of detection or notification.
- Irrigating outdoor lawns, turf, or vegetated area of landscape during and within 48 hours following measurable precipitation.
- The use of a hose to wash a motor vehicle without an automatic shut-off nozzle.
- Non-recirculating fountains and decorative features.
- Irrigating outdoor lawns, turf, landscape or other vegetated area during the hours of 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.
- Irrigating outdoor lawns, turf, landscape, or other vegetated area using a landscape irrigation system for more than ten (10) minutes per station per day.
Water restrictions not just for residents.
The City of Santa Clarita has also adopted restrictions that will include a multi-year project replacing grass-based roadway medians with low water plants and mulch. Decorative fountains will also be turned off.
Also, the City has adopted a no watering policy, as mandated by State restrictions, of medians containing grass. Santa Clarita began implementing this procedure last month.
Are there exemptions to these watering restrictions?
Ordinance 43 does take into account a few exemptions, including:
- The use of water where necessary to address an immediate health and safety need or for essential government services, such as police, fire or other similar emergency services.
- The use of water where necessary to comply with a term or condition in a permit issued by a state or federal agency or to comply with fire mitigation requirements of a government agency.
- The maintenance of vegetation, including trees and shrubs, that are watered using a hand-held bucket or similar container.
- The use of water to maintain existing landscape for soil erosion control if required or approved by a local agency.
Will the California Drought last forever?
Good question! We’ve been through droughts before, although nothing as we’ve seen on this scale. The state will require several trillion gallons of water in order to recover to what would be considered pre-drought conditions, so we can always hope for a very wet upcoming rainy season. In the meantime, we must all do our part to conserve the most precious resource.