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Posted on: June 28, 2022

Ordinance formalizes water conservation measures

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As drought conditions worsen in California, the City Council is introducing voluntary conservation measures into the Municipal Code.

An ordinance to “Revise Emergency Water Management Requirements for Drought Watch Conditions” is scheduled for a second reading July 11 after being introduced June 20.

The revisions codify conservation measures. At present, the measures are considered voluntary but could become mandatory if ordered by the governor. A switch to mandatory conservation could trigger increases to rates.

The voluntary “water demand reduction measures” direct consumers to:

  • Control irrigation to avoid runoff to adjacent properties and non-irrigated areas;
  • Quit watering “Non-Functional Turf” at commercial, industrial and institutional sites;
  • Quit irrigation during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall;
  • Stop water waste from inefficient landscape irrigation;
  • Irrigate residential and commercial landscapes before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. no more than three times per week;
  • Use brooms to clean outdoor paved areas, do not wash with water except to alleviate immediate safety or sanitation hazards;
  • Wash cars only using hand-held hoses with positive shut-off nozzles;
  • Serve and re-fill water in restaurants, bars, and other food service establishments only upon request;
  • Offer guests in hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments the option of not laundering towels and linens daily;
  • Repair all water leaks within 72 hours of notification by the City;
  • Use re-circulated water to operate ornamental fountains; and
  • Use non-potable water for construction purposes when available.

Report water waste by emailing: savewater@delmar.ca.us

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