On Tuesday July 19, 2014, the State Water Board approved emergency regulations to ensure agencies and state residents increase their water conservation.
These regulations are intended to reduce outdoor water use. Enforcement of these regulations will be up to each local agency and could mean fines of $500 a day for failure to implement conservation requirements.
As of the time of this posting, all Californians will be expected to stop:
• Washing down of driveways and sidewalks (including power washing)
• Watering of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff• Using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut off nozzle
• Use of potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature unless the water is re-circulated
Of course there are exemptions for health and safety circumstances.
Atherton’s local water utility, the California Water Service, may select to approve further restrictions. The Town of Atherton is committed to getting the word out to its residents regarding these regulations as they unfold. This is a good time for your household to assure your home is free of leaks, irrigations systems are running properly and efficiently and you recognize the current water conservation regulations.