Update to the McKinleyville Drought Rules!

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McKinleyville Drought Rules

On June 11th, 2015, Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District (HBMWD), along with its four municipal customers classified as urban water suppliers, received confirmation from the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) that their request to be placed in a lower conservation tier had been granted. Prior to this ruling, McKinleyville Community Services District (MCSD) would have been in a tier that would have required a 12% reduction.

Criteria for meeting the request included showing that the source of supply does not include groundwater or water imported from outside the hydrologic region in which the water supplier is located, and that the system has a minimum of four years reserved supply available.   Having met these criteria, the SWRCB approved the request by HBMWD. Therefore, McKinleyville and Humboldt Community Services Districts, the Cities of Eureka and Arcata, as well as HBMWD will be required to reduce water production by 4 percent for each month as compared to the same month in 2013. In approving the request, the SWRCB acknowledged the unique characteristics of our region’s water system and the security of the supply present at Ruth Lake.

Review of total water production data from 2013 and 2015 shows that MCSD customers have been diligently monitoring and reducing their water usage in consideration of the state’s drought:

McKinleyville Community Services District would like to remind residents and local businesses that despite this favorable ruling and the excellent job customers have done in reducing their water consumption, conservation measures already in place are still in effect and will continue to be enforced, in an effort to continue meeting the 4 percent conservation requirement.   The following are the MCSD Rules for Homes and Businesses for water uses that are declared to be non-essential and should be retained:

  • Outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water is only allowed on Sundays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • Washing sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or other exterior paved areas except by the public agency for the purpose of public safety.
  • Application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows into adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
  • Use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculation system.
  • The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
  • Watering any portion of a golf course other than the tees and greens except where private well or recycled water supply is used.
  • Fire hydrant water unless authorized by the District, except by fire protection agencies for fire suppression purposes, or for other authorized use including storm drain maintenance, and street sweeping purposes.  Water/sewer flushing and fire flow testing are authorized only if coordinated and performed at the same time.
  • The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle or for any other purpose, except where the hose is fitted with a shutoff nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use.
  • Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers upon request.
  • Hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily.
  • Using potable water to irrigate turf in public medians; and
  • Using potable water to irrigate landscapes of new homes & buildings inconsistent with CBSC & DHCD requirements.

For more information, customers are encouraged to contact MCSD at 707-839-3251.