PROPOSED CHANGES TO MCSD'S ORDINANCE 10 AND THE WATER SHORTAGE CONTINGENCY PLAN

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 The State is proposing to mandate restrictions on the number of days that outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water is allowed.

(b)(1) To promote water conservation, each urban water supplier shall implement all requirements and actions of the stage of its water shortage contingency plan that includes mandatory restrictions on the number of days that outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water is allowed. Urban water suppliers with approved alternate plans as described in subdivision (b)(2) are exempted from this requirement.

Currently the District is in Stage 2 of “Rationing Stages and Demand Reduction Goals.” Should the State accept the proposed changes, the District’s Stage 2 restrictions will be modified to incorporate:

Outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water is prohibited on odd numbered calendar days.

Below is a list of the State’s proposed requirements, in promotion to water conservation which will be prohibited.

  1. The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and up to 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
  1. The serving of drinking water other than upon request in eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased.
  1. To promote water conservation, operators of hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily. The hotel or motel shall prominently display notice of this option in each bathroom using clear and easily understood language.

On July 15, 2014, the State Water Board adopted Resolution 2014-0038, which adopted an emergency regulation for water conservation that added new sections to title 23 of the California Code of Regulations. That emergency regulation became effective on July 28, 2014, upon approval by the Office of Administrative Law. Absent further action, the existing emergency regulation will expire on April 25, 2015. On March 17, 2015, the State Water Board will consider a resolution to readopt the existing emergency regulation, with some updates, for an additional 270 days. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking