Level 1 applies at all times up to and inlcuding 10 percent water shortage, unless the District Board of Directors has declared another level. Level 1 is designed to ensure customers use water efficiently and eliminate water waste at all times.
At Level 1, the District will utilize its public education and outreach efforts to raise public awareness of the following mandatory water-use efficiency practices:
1. No washing down paved surfaces, including but not limited to sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or patios, except when it is necessary to alleviate safety or sanitation hazards or to maintain, repair, construct/reconstruct streets.
2. No water waste resulting from inefficient landscape irrigation, such as runoff, low head drainage, or overspray, etc. Similarly, water shall not flow onto non-targeted areas, such as adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, hardscapes, roadways, or structures.
3. No irrigating residential or commercial landscapes during or within 48 hours following measurable rainfall.
4. Irrigate residential and commercial landscape with in-ground or hose-end sprinkler systems before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m. only. Irrigation of new turf and/or plantings is exempt from these watering hour restrictions for a period of 30 days following the date of planting. Watering is permitted at any time with a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle, a bucket, or when a drip/micro-irrigation system/equipment is used.
5. Irrigate nursery and commercial grower’s products before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m. only. Watering is permitted at any time with a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle, a bucket, or when a drip/micro-irrigation system/equipment is used. Irrigation of nursery propagation beds is permitted at any time. Watering of livestock is permitted at any time.
6. Use potable water taken through construction meters to irrigate landscape before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Watering is permitted at any time with a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle, a bucket, or when a drip/micro-irrigation system/equipment is used.
7. Irrigate landscape outside of newly constructed homes and buildings in a manner that is consistent with regulations or other requirements established by the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development.
8. Use re-circulated water to operate ornamental fountains.
9. Wash vehicles using a bucket and a hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, mobile high pressure/low volume wash system, or at a commercial site that re-circulates (reclaims) water on-site. Avoid washing during hot conditions when additional water is required due to evaporation.
10. Serve and refill water in restaurants and other food service establishments only upon request.
11. Offer guests in hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments the option of not laundering towels and linens daily.
12. Repair all water leaks within 48 hours of notification by the District unless other arrangements are made with the General Manager.
13. Use recycled or non-potable water for construction purposes when available.