On May 18, 2016, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new approach which will go into effect through January 2017 that replaces the prior percentage conservation standard with a local “stress test” approach that mandates urban water suppliers self-certify to ensure at least a three year supply of water to their customers under drought conditions. SCWD has completed the SWRCB Self-Certification of Supply Reliability for Three Additional Years of Drought and has identified sufficient supply to meet demands over this time period.
On July 13, 2016, the Castaic Lake Water Agency Board of Directors approved the Santa Clarita Water Division Ordinance No. 44 which was put in place to reflect the new requirements from the SWRCB as well as the results of the self-certification. The Board of Directors also approved a resolution rescinding Resolution No. 3041 which means restricted watering day schedules are no longer in effect.
Ordinance No. 44 still prohibits the following actions at all times:
- Allowing runoff when irrigating with potable water.
- Using hoses with no shutoff nozzles to wash cars.
- Using potable water to wash sidewalks, driveways and hardscapes.
- Using potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water.
- Irrigating outdoors during and within 48 hours following measurable precipitation (quarter-inch or more).
- 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, including the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance updated by the State as required by AB 1881 and Executive Order B-29-15 issued by Governor Jerry Brown on April 1, 2015.
- The irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians.
- 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.
These prohibited actions would constitute a violation, punishable by a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500) for each day in which the violation occurs.
Penalties and Enforcement
First Violation: Written Notice.
Second Violation: Notice of non-compliance; fine of $50 per violation.
Third Violation: Notice of non-compliance; fine of $100 per violation. SCWD may install a flow restrictor. Installation and removal of flow restrictor is at customer’s expense.
Subsequent Violations: Increase by $100 per day up to the maximum $500 per day. SCWD may shut off water service for willful violations.