Conservation Regulation Updates

May 2016 Drought Update

In May 2016, Governor Brown issued an executive order calling for new permanent conservation measures that will improve long-term drought preparedness and eliminate water-wasting practices. The State Water Resource Control Board also adjusted its emergency regulation requiring all water suppliers to calculate their own conservation standards.

East Valley Water District submitted a self-imposed conservation standard of 15% based on the supply and demand from the previous drought years. The District's new conservation standard is in effect through the end of January 2017.

To meet our 15% reduction goal, EVWD is asking customers to continue their water-saving efforts by following these conservation measures currently in effect:

  • Watering times are between the hours of 6:00pm-6:00am
  • No irrigation 2 days following a measurable rainfall
  • No excessive water waste
  • No irrigation of turf or high water use plants within public street medians and parkways
  • Vehicle washing is to be done with a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle
  • No washing down of hard surfaces
  • Fountains must use recirculated water
  • Restaurants are only to serve water to guest upon request
  • Hotels and motels must offer the option to refuse laundry service to save water
  • Swimming pools are to be covered when not in use for extended periods of time

Customers are encouraged to use the District as a resource when looking for ways to conserve. The District offers educational resources, community workshops and rebate programs to assist customers in making conservation a California way of life.

March 2015 Drought Update

The State of California is experiencing its fourth consecutive dry year with January 2015 recorded as the driest month in recorded history. The dry conditions are affecting California’s reservoirs storage levels which are below average. In response to the continuing drought conditions on March 17, 2015 The State Water Board adopted and expanded on the existing emergency regulations. In addition to continuing the requirements contained in the existing emergency regulation, the following prohibitions have been added.
  • A prohibition on irrigation of turf or ornamental landscape during and 48 hours following measurable rainfall.
  • Restaurants and other food services establishments can only serve water to customers on request.
  • Operators of hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens washed daily.
  • Water agencies must now limit the number of days per week that a customer can irrigate outdoors.
    • Effective June 1st outdoor irrigation is restricted to 3 days per week. Even and Odd schedules are determined by the last number on your address.
      • Even addresses may water Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
      • Odd addresses may water Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
      • No watering on Mondays.
  • Water agencies are required to notify customers when they are aware of leaks that are within the customer’s control.
  • Monthly reporting requirements have been expanded to include the limit on days for outdoor irrigation and a description of compliance and enforcement efforts.
Conservation is the easiest, most efficient way to quickly preserve and extend our water supplies. The limits placed on outdoor consumption are necessary in order to continue the State’s Water Board conservation efforts. As much as 119 billion gallons of water have been saved with the current emergency regulations supporting Californians efforts to save water. While Californians have done a great job at conserving water there are many more opportunities to conserve in even greater amounts. As much as 70% of total water consumption is used outdoors and that is the biggest area of savings.
Simple ways of saving water outdoors is by adjusting sprinklers to direct water to the lawn, watering in cycles and watering in the early morning or late evening. Making small adjustment can eliminate water waste.

August 2014 Drought Update

East Valley Water District has activated the Water Shortage Contingency Plan to a mandatory level in order to immediately reduce outdoor water use as identified in Ordinance 387 including:
  • Prohibiting application of water to hard surfaces for washing-down;
  • Prohibiting outdoor landscaping runoff or excessive waste;
  • Limitations for acceptable commercial and domestic irrigation day/times;
    • Including prohibiting daytime watering between 6 am- 8 pm or as otherwise designated by the General Manager/CEO;
  • Prohibiting using a hose without a shut-off nozzle to wash a car;
While the regulations authorize agencies to impose up to a $500 per day fine on water wasters, guidelines and enforcement are left to the authorized water district to determine. Currently the Water Supply Contingency Plan has established Violation Surcharges as outlined in Ordinance 387 Sections 15.

Water Waste Violations

First Violation: Warning
Second Violation: $100 surcharge
Within 12 months of first violation
Third Violation: $300 surcharge
Within 12 months or failure to comply within 30 days of second violation notice
Fourth Violation: $500 surcharge
Within 12 months or failure to comply within 30 days of third violation notice
Fifth Violation: $500 surcharge and/or Installation of a Flow Restrictor
Within 12 months or failure to comply within 30 days of  fourth violation notice.

Community Education and Outreach

The District will be actively working with community members, local government agencies and homeowners associations to communicate the conservation efforts outlined above. It will be important to communicate on an on-going basis regarding the critical need for immediate water conservation.

The District will be hosting various water conservation education classes to assist customers. For full workshop details, visit the events calendar.

July 2014 Drought Update

Today, extreme drought conditions exist in nearly 80% of California. 2014 is projected to become the driest year in record with alarmingly low levels in our reservoirs, rainfall totals and snowpack levels. In an effort to reduce water usage the State Water Board adopted an emergency regulation on July 15, 2014, focusing on non-essential outdoor uses. Landscaping irrigation and outdoor watering account for 69% of East Valley Water District customer’s daily water usage.
The most efficient and cost effective way to quickly decrease water demand and extend water supplies into the next year is through water conservation. East Valley Water District currently meets the required water use restrictions as the District adopted a Water Shortage Contingency Plan in October 1991. The Plan outlines conservation measures to be implemented including:
  • No excessive irrigation which causes water to run-off from irrigated site.
  • Landscape watering is prohibited on all days of the week from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • A shut-off valve is required when using a hose to wash a car
  • No washing down sidewalks, driveways, patios or other paved or hard surfaces.
East Valley Water District offers rebates on a variety of water saving devices. For more information visit our rebate program

The new regulations are set to go into effect on August 1. For more information on the State Water Resource Control Board Emergency Regulation visit their website at