Due to the severe drought and water shortage the Calaveras County Water District has ordered cut backs of 35% on raw water usage for commercial property, effective immediately. This order affects the CSD’s ability to maintain landscaping throughout the district.
The availability of recycled water will help us maintain appropriate wetlands water levels. However the entry area; the strip along Saddle Creek Drive; the roundabouts; the street trees; and our other property will have their water allotment cut. We will water trees to keep them alive, but expect to see these normally green areas turning brown because of the water cut backs.
The CCWD also issued rules affecting residents., which are as follows. You may download PDF copy of the CCWD rules here.
CALAVERAS COUNTY WATER DISTRICTS
STAGE III WATER CONSERVATION MANDATORY MEASURES
1. Continue public outreach to convey water shortage information and measures to be taken by residents and business owners to reduce indoor use.
2. Use of water for cleaning hardscape is prohibited.
3. All irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
4. Line flushing will be discontinued.
5. Use of water in decorative fountains and recreational ponds shall be the minimum to preserve aquatic life if present. Filling of new or existing pools is prohibited.
6. Residential landscape irrigation will be on an “odd/even” watering program:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday- odd numbered addresses
Monday, Wednesday, Friday- even numbered addresses
Sunday- no outdoor watering.
7. Water for irrigation of commercial landscape, schools and parks shall be reduced by 35%.
8. Treated effluent will be used for dust control as per state regulations (if dust control permit is issued by state).
9. Golf course irrigation will be restricted to greens and tees if raw water is sole source. Raw water delivery will be reduced by 35% where treated effluent is being used.
Under the mandatory Conservation Programs and in addition to, and/or exercise of, any and all lawful remedies, the Calaveras County Water District (CCWD or District) Board hereby adopts the following course of enforcement actions to apply to violations of Stage III irrigation and outdoor water use restrictions.
1. Written warning from the District that further violation will result in possible restriction of water service.
2. Customer’s water service shall be restricted by a flow-restricting device for a period of at least 30 days. The device shall remain in place until the Board of Directors repeals the state of emergency or threat of emergency or shortage and upon payment of a $25 administrative and device installation and removal costs.
3. Customer’s water service shall be restricted by a flow-restricting device installed by the District. The device shall remain in place until the Board of Directors repeals the state of emergency or threat of emergency or shortage and upon payment of a $25 administrative and device installation and removal costs.
4. District may pursue a violation of conservation restriction under Water Code Section 31029 which states in part,”…it is a misdemeanor for any person to use or apply water received from the district contrary to or in violation of the restriction or prohibition, until the ordinance has been repealed or the emergency or threatened emergency has ceased, and, upon conviction thereof, that person shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 30 days or by fine of not more than six hundred dollars ($600), or by both the fine and imprisonment.