IMPORTANT NOTICE - Mandatory Water Conservation Regulations - State Mandates 36% Water Use Reduction
The State of California has mandated that ALL urban water providers (like the City of Exeter) reduce water usage by at least 25%. Many cities must reduce by 32%-36%. Exeter is in the tier of cities that MUST reduce water usage by 36% or face fines of up to $10,000 per day. In response to mandatory state water conservation regulations, a revised Water Conservation Ordinance was adopted by the Exeter City Council effective July 1, 2015. The City is currently in Stage 3 Restrictions.
The mandatory regulations include (NOTE: This is just a summary of the main elements - contact the City for a full copy of the Water Conservation Ordinance) :
- All City water customers shall limit outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes and turf with potable water to no more than two days per week, and will abide by the following watering restrictions and schedule:
- Watering of current landscaping and turf must be accomplished by use of sprinkler irrigation, a hand-held hose with a positive shut-off nozzle or a hand-held and faucet-filled bucket with, at most, a five gallon capacity.
- Customers whose addresses end with an even number shall water their turf and landscapes on Tuesdays and Saturdays - before 7:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. Customers whose addresses end with an odd number shall water their landscapes on Wednesdays and Sundays - before 7:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m.
- There will be no outdoor watering of any kind allowed on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
- Watering of landscaping during or within 48 hours of measurable rain is prohibited.
- Washing of sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, courts, patios, or other paved areas is absolutely prohibited.
- Under Stage 3, washing of cars, trucks, boats, trailers, etc., shall only be allowed upon the premises of commercial car washes.
- The City is under strict orders from the State of California to reduce water usage by 36%. This is a significant number and requires severe restrictions. For the past several months we have focused on education and have only issued warnings. As of July 1, 2015 citations can be issued, with fines ranging from $100 for a first infraction to $500 for third and subsequent infractions. Lack of knowledge of the restrictions does not relieve you of the responsibility.
- Please check backup batteries in your sprinkler timer. Power outages or timer misadjustments will also not except you from the requirements. You are responsible for your water use.
All City of Exeter residents should have received a mailer which included a copy of the entire ordinance.
If you have any questions regarding the new ordinance, please feel free to contact the Public Works Department at 592-3318.
We don't enjoy having to adopt and enforce such strict provisions, and we definitely appreciate your understanding and cooperation!