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By July 3, 2015No Comments

Drought Response: Outdoor Water Use Restricted
In the face of continuing drought, every water agency in California must implement measures to comply with Governor Brown’s April 1, 2015 Executive Order. For Western Municipal Water District customers this means severely limiting outdoor water use, effective immediately. At Western’s May 20 Board Meeting, the Board of Directors approved moving into a more restrictive stage of the Water Supply Shortage Contingency Plan. Customers’ outdoor budgets will be reduced by 30 percent. As long as this Executive Order is in effect, the water used above your reduced water budget will be billed at the Tier 5 rate.
How to Reduce Outdoor Water
In non-drought years, your efforts would have met water efficiency goals, but California’s four-year drought is exceptional and calls for extraordinary measures. Continue to follow restrictions required over the last several years, such as repairing leaks and eliminating runoff. Western recommends reducing outdoor watering by 50 percent. Western offers free drought response support to help you make changes to reduce the water use in your landscape. Visit for more information.
Western Mandatory Drought Restrictions
Please continue your diligence in using water efficiently at your homes and businesses.
•Outdoor budgets reduced 30 percent.
•Commercial customer budgets reduced by 10 percent.
•Landscape watering is prohibited on all days of the week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
•Irrigate only three days a week during summer, two days a week during winter
•Water trees once every four weeks and shrubs, young trees and roses no more than once a week
•Add a four-inch layer of mulch to all soil areas
•Irrigation run-off from property must be eliminated.
•Hoses must have automatic, shut-off nozzles.
•All leaks, improperly adjusted sprinklers, or other water conduits/fixtures that need repair must be corrected within 96 hours of District notification.
•No washing down sidewalks, driveways, patios or other paved or hard surface areas.
•No pruning or fertilizing of plants
•Only install new plants during the cooler fall season
•Turn off landscape irrigation during or within 48 hours of rain.
Western will provide two notices of outdoor water use violation, then a penalty will apply.