Drought Conservation Tips

** Mandatory Conservation Measures In Effect**

On June 10, 2015, the Castaic Lake Water Agency Board of Directors approved the Santa Clarita Water Division Ordinance No. 43 establishing Water Conservation and Water Supply Shortage Restrictions and Regulations in compliance with the State Water Resources Control Board 32% conservation mandate.

Ordinance No. 43 prohibits the following actions at all times:

  • Irrigating outdoor lawns, turfs and landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, and or/structures.
  • The application of potable water to driveways, sidewalks, and other hardscape.
  • Failure to repair a leak within 24 hours of detection or notification.
  • Irrigating outdoor lawns, turf, or vegetated area of landscape during and within 48 hours following measurable precipitation.
  • The use of a hose to wash a motor vehicle without an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Non-recirculating fountains and decorative features.
  • Irrigating outdoor lawns, turf, landscape or other vegetated area during the hours of 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Irrigating outdoor lawns, turf, landscape, or other vegetated area using a landscape irrigation system for more than ten (10) minutes per station per day.

Customers must adjust to the following water schedule based on the last digit of their address.

Water Schedule June 11 2015These 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 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.

If you have a smart controller (weather based irrigation controller) watch this video to learn how to adjust your controller to the watering schedule.

Outdoor Conservation Tips

Tip 1 – Regularly check sprinkler systems and timing devices to be sure they are operating properly. 

weather baseed irrigation controllerResidential outdoor water use in the United States accounts for more than 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation. Experts estimate that as much as 50 percent of this water is wasted due to over-watering caused by inefficiencies in irrigation methods and systems. Broken or poorly adjusted sprinklers may go un-noticed since sprinklers are usually set to operate during early morning hours when we are asleep.

Tip 2 – Consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water.

car conservatoinAsk at the car wash if they recycle water: often they will display a sign stating that they do. If you wash your own car, use a bucket for the soapy water and a shut-off nozzle for your hose.

Tip 3 –  Use a pool cover

Pool coverUncovered pools can lose up to a thousand gallons of water from evaporation each month (as well as energy if your pool is heated).



Learn more about saving water outdoors.

Indoor Conservation Tips

Tip 1 – Make sure taps aren’t dripping and check for water leaks.

The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.  (Source: United States EPA)

Tip 2 – Take shorter showers and replace showerheads with an ultra low-flow showerhead.

blue and white showerheadThink of baths as an occasional treat and stick to showers. The average bath uses 35 to 50 gallons of water, whereas a 10-minute (or less) shower with a low-flow showerhead only uses 25 gallons.

Tip 3 – Install a high-efficiency washer machine

washer machine white and blue

The average American household washes 400 loads of laundry each year using thousands of gallons of water, and a huge chunk of energy. Choosing an energy-efficient, water-saving machine makes a big difference, and you’ll definitely want to pick an Energy Star-rated appliance.

Learn more about saving water in other areas of your home.