The current drought emergency has resulted in the first statewide mandatory conservation mandates. Effective June 1, 2015, East Valley Water District (District) must reduce water usage by 28% compared to 2013. In order to achieve these results, the District has increased the available conservation rebates, outreach, and educational opportunities.
As part of these requirements, East Valley Water District must provide the State Water Resources Control Board with water production numbers, restrictions, and violation notices issued on a monthly basis. In order to maintain a fair and transparent process while the drought emergency actions are in place, Ordinance 395 included reference to the formation of a Conservation Commission to hear requests for appeal from watering violation recipients. The Board of Directors authorized the establishment of the Commission, its procedures and instructions for its formation and hearing process on August 12, 2015.
The Conservation Commission consists of three District residents appointed for two-year terms, based on recommendations brought by the General Manager/CEO’s selection process. On a monthly basis, the commission will hear the appeal requests from watering violation recipients. This commission shall only remain in place so long as the District remains in a Drought State of Emergency.