With two water conservation bills recently signed by Governor Brown, it is clear that the State of California is serious about protecting our water resources and continuing efforts towards drought resiliency. With more specific information on the legislation still to come, what is clear is the importance of making water conservation a regular way of life.
Simple steps such as not letting water run when brushing your teeth or doing the dishes, ensuring your toilets aren’t stuck running, and fixing water leaks right away make a big difference. Be sure to take advantage of the TCPUD water efficiency rebate program for water efficient toilets, dishwashers, clothes washers and smart irrigation controls. Rebates up to $100 are available per appliance/fixture and water conservation kits are free for District customers.
In addition to your conservation efforts, the following State restrictions are permanently in place:
- Hosing off sidewalks, driveways, and hardscapes (except for pavement resurfacing or sealing, construction services, and/or public health and safety per TCPUD Ordinance 288);
- Washing automobiles with hoses not equipped with a shut-off nozzle;
- Using non-recirculated water in a fountain or other decorative water feature; and
- Watering in a manner that causes runoff, or within 48 hours after measurable precipitation