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June conservation number exceeds 40% 

Our June reduction percentage was 41.4% which is our highest reduction to date. SCWA appreciate the effort put forth by our customers and we urge continued conservation at this level. We need to be reaching these high numbers now when the opportunity to conserve is highest – as outdoor water use is highest – because in the fall and winter outdoor water use is normally minimal so the opportunity to conserve is greatly reduced.

 

What is required of SCWA customers to support conservation

In the April 17, 2015 draft of the State Water Board’s Emergency Drought Regulation, the State Water Board has specifically identified a 32% Conservation Requirement for the Sacramento County Water Agency.  The State’s Drought Regulation was finalized and adopted on May 5, at which time SCWA was assigned the final conservation requirement of 32%.

Emergency Regulations Fact Sheet

In order for SCWA and its customers to achieve this conservation requirement, SCWA implemented Stage 3 of its adopted SCWA Water Shortage Contingency Plan.

Stage 3 requirements are as follows: SCWA customers will be limited to 1 day a week to irrigate turf. With a goal of helping our customers preserve trees and perennial shrubs, watering by drip system will be permitted 3 days a week.  ACTIVITIES PROHIBITED BY EMERGENCY REGULATIONS:

Irrigation of outdoor landscaping that causes potable water runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures.
Using potable water to wash driveways and sidewalks.
Running potable water in a fountain or other decorative features.
Outdoor watering using potable water during or up to 48 hours after measurable rain.
Using potable water for both residential (personal) and/or charity fund-raising car wash activities.
 

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES:

Water shall only be served upon request in eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafeterias, bars or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased.
Operators of hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily. The hotel or motel shall prominently display notice of this option in each bathroom using clear and easily understood language.
 
Failure to adhere to the allowable irrigation schedule and/or engaging in prohibited irrigation activities can lead to citations and possible fines for water waste.
For more information, please visit us at www.SCWA.net

 

HELPING YOUR LAWN AND LANDSCAPING SURVIVE THE DROUGHT

Landscape Survival Tips for a Long, Dry Summer

Lawn Care During Times of Drought  

Caring Trees During a Drought (Sacramento Tree Foundation)

10 Tips for Saving Gallons of Water in the Garden this Year (California Native Plant Society)          

 

ADDITIONAL WATER SAVING TIPS

Top Ways to Save

Water Smart Tips

Tree Care During Drought

 

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