Stage 2 of the Water Shortage Contingency Plan Lifted

McKinleyville Community Services District (MCSD) has lifted Stage 2 of the Water Shortage Contingency Plan

Effective immediately MCSD will no longer require mandatory reduction in water consumption but will enforce state mandated water conservation guidelines.

On May 18, 2016 the State Water Board approved modifications to its emergency water conservation regulation to reflect improved water supply conditions and allow for more local decision making.  

Local water agencies are required to assess their water supply conditions and determine what level of conservation is needed to ensure adequate supply for an additional three-year drought scenario.  A state specified formula was used based on the 2013 and 2014 averages, see water supply certification below.  

The results indicate that the MCSD, along with the rest of Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District’s municipal customers no longer have a conservation floor.  Due to the improved Northern California hydrologic conditions the modified emergency conservation regulation replaces the state mandates with a locally driven “stress test” approach

Although there is no reduction in consumption mandated, state prohibitions are still in effect and are listed below:

  • The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall;
  • The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures;
  • The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use;
  • The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks;
  • The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a re-circulating system;
  • 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;
  • The irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public streets and medians;
  • The irrigation with potable water of landscapes outside of newly constructed homes and buildings in a manner inconsistent with regulations or other requirements established by the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development and
  • 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 guestroom using clear and easily understood language.


The District would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for reducing their water use. Your efforts maintained MCSD in consistent compliance with the state mandates.

Additional information regarding the California Drought and Conservation is provided below under the FAQ link.

Water Supply Certification

FAQ on California’s Drought and Conservation Regulation