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Drought Mandate


On November 21, 2016, the MSWD Board of Directors acted to remove restrictions on watering days for outdoor landscaping by rescinding Resolution No. 2015-06. Customers are now permitted to water on any day of the week.

The Board also enacted Resolution No. 2016-25 which continues time of day watering restrictions to before 6 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Restrictions issued by the Governor and codified in CA State Water Board Emergency Regulation, Resolution No. 2016-0029 are also still in effect. These include restrictions identified in Article 22.5, Section 864 as follows:

Sec. 864. End-User Requirements in Promotion of Water Conservation.
  1. To prevent the waste and unreasonable use of water and to promote water conservation, each of the following actions is prohibited, except where necessary to address an immediate health and safety need or to comply with a term or condition in a permit issued by a state or federal agency:
    1. The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures;
    2. The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use;
    3. The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks;
    4. The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system;
    5. The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall;
Local fines still apply to infractions of the drought mandate as follows: MSWD hereby implements the following civil penalties from Section 15.09 of its Threatened Water Supply Shortage Stage No. 2 for violations of the mandatory actions set forth above. Such civil penalties shall be as follows:
  1. First Violation - Written Warning (15.09.01)
  2. Second Violation - $100 surcharge (15.09.02)
  3. Third Violation - $200 surcharge and/or installation of flow restrictor (15.09.03)
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