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Vallecitos declares Drought Response Level 1 - Drought Watch

Post Date:02/21/2014 12:39 PM

With District-wide water use per single-family home meter down 26 percent between 2007 and 2013, the District commends all of its customers for proactive conservation measures employed so far.  

However, successive dry winter seasons have severely slashed the water available for import into the region by Vallecitos wholesalers. With the situation likely intensifying, the District declared Drought Response Level 1 – Drought Watch - with the goal of increased voluntary conservation practices further reducing usage.  

As detailed in Vallecitos Water District’s Board-approved drought ordinance, the voluntary conservation actions for Level 1 include:  

  • Avoiding the washing down of pavements, including sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or patios
  • Preventing water waste associated with inefficient landscape irrigation as well as flows onto non-targeted areas such as nearby properties, hardscapes, or roadways 
  • Irrigating only before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. 
  • Using a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle or bucket to irrigate landscapes not connected to an automatic system 
  • Using re-circulated water to operate ornamental fountains 
  • Washing vehicles using a bucket and hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, mobile high pressure/low volume wash system or at a commercial site that re-circulates water onsite. 
  • Serving and refilling water in restaurants only upon request 
  • Offering guests of commercial lodging the option of not laundering towels and linens daily 
  • Repairing all water leaks within five days of notification by Vallecitos Water District 
  • Using recycled or non-potable water for construction purposes when available.

Click here to see a detailed list of all the current voluntary conservation actions (or possible future mandatory restrictions if the drought worsens). For more conservation information, please visit the conservation section of our web site or contact the Conservation staff at (760) 744-0460.

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