The California drought emergency regulations are in effect through April 25th, 2015, unless extended.
In January 2014, Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency due to unprecedented drought conditions and on April 25, 2014 he issued an executive order calling for all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve water. In response, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency drought regulation requiring urban water suppliers, like the City of Vallejo, to implement drought response plans to limit outdoor irrigation and also prohibit wasteful water practices. Water suppliers that fail to comply with the emergency regulation may be fined $10,000 per day.
In compliance with the state’s emergency regulation, on August 26th, 2014 the Vallejo City Council adopted a Resolution (NO. 14-102 N.C.) implementing outdoor water use restrictions included in Stage II of the City’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan as it pertains to outdoor irrigation. Those restrictions include:
1. No outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water is permitted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., except for drip irrigation, soaker hoses and hand watering.
2. The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, parking lots, or structures is prohibited.
3. The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks is prohibited, except where necessary to address an immediate health and safety need or to comply with a term or condition in a permit issued by a state or federal agency.
4. The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative feature is prohibited, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.
State Reservoir Levels
The red lines shown above reflect the historical average water level associated with reservoirs located throughout the state.
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