Water Stage Alert

Posted on April 16, 2015

Exhibit A

Kirkwood Meadows Public Utilities District

WATER STAGE ALERT SYSTEM

Revised 2015

 

Water Waste Prohibited.  No water user shall waste water or make, cause, or permit the use of water for any purpose contrary to any provision of this System, or in quantities in excess of the use permitted by the conservation stage in effect pursuant to this System.  Soils should be amended appropriately for the soil conditions, type of vegetation, micro-climates and conditions.  Landscape should be installed in a manner that will reduce the amount of water needed for irrigation.  Water for landscape should be applied in a manner that optimizes the use of fertilizer by the landscape and should prevent fertilizer from leaching into the ground water.  The proposed conservation stage shall be determined by the General Manager based on supply and demand of available water supplies, and the General Manager will make recommendation for the Board’s adoption on any conservation stage more restrictive than Stage 1.

 

  1. Stage 1 ‑ Normal Conditions. During a Stage 1 – normal conditions, Water Users shall not waste water and shall abide by the following:
  2. a) Water Users shall not allow water to flow over the ground surface or from sprinklers onto impervious surfaces or adjacent property.
  3. b) Water Users shall repair all leaks in plumbing and irrigation systems.
  4. c) Hoses shall not be used for washing motor vehicles without an automatic shut-off nozzle attached to the hose. Continuous discharge from hose nozzle is prohibited.
  5. d) All Water Users are encouraged to report to the District all signs or indications of water leaks or water waste.
  6. e)   The irrigation of non‑landscaped, natural vegetation or undeveloped property is expressly
  7. f) Landscape watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is permitted any day of the week between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 a.m.
  8. g)   Irrigation exclusively utilizing drip or other low-flow systems is permitted any day of the week between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 a.m.
  9. h)     The property owner, or his/her designee, must notify the District to obtain

               an exemption in writing for the establishment of new vegetation.

  1. Washing impervious covers such as sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis

courts, decks, patios or other improved areas is permitted, but should be done responsibly to avoid excessive runoff.

  1. j) All commercial establishments where food or beverages are provided should encourage the serving of water to their customers only when specifically requested by the customer.

Stage 1 water restrictions continue until there is an announcement that Stage 2 is in effect.

  1. Stage 2 –Water Shortage. Stage 2 restrictions are in effect when the aquifer is 70 feet above the top of the Well 4/5 pump or at the discretion of the Board.  During a Stage 2 –Water Shortage, in addition to the restrictions stated under Stage 1, the following shall also apply:

       

  1. a) Outdoor irrigation of all vegetation including lawns and landscaping is limited to twice per week, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. according to the Association’s posted watering day below:
Association Watering Days
Kirkwood Meadows Association 2 Days a Week

(Not Specific Days)

East Meadows Association 2 Days a Week

(Not Specific Days)

Commercial and All Other Associations 2 Days a Week

(Not Specific Days)

 

  1. b) Watering with a hand held hose or drip irrigation system is permitted during above watering days and times only.
  2. c) Outdoor irrigation prohibited during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation.
  1. All run-off and street flooding from outdoor irrigation is prohibited.
  2. Water Users shall not allow water to flow over the ground surface or from sprinklers onto impervious surfaces or adjacent property.
  3. The irrigation of non-landscaped, natural vegetation or undeveloped property is expressly prohibited.
  4. Washing sidewalks, driveways, patios, parking lots, and tennis courts with water is prohibited. Health and Safety exceptions to this rule may be requested in writing.
  5. The washing of vehicles or other equipment is allowed only on assigned watering days and times. A hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle or five-gallon bucket may be used. Water should not be allowed to run into the street.
  6. No unattended watering except where automatic shut-off equipment is used.
  7. Water users must repair all leaks in plumbing and irrigation systems.
  8. All Water Users are encouraged to report to the District all signs or indications or water leaks or waste water.
  9. The property owner, or his/her designee, must notify the District to obtain an exemption in writing for the establishment of new vegetation.
  10. No water shall be used for irrigating landscaping for new construction.
  11. Water for new construction purposes is limited to construction trades only or dust control with written District approval.
  12. Applications for new service connections shall be granted only on the condition that the water shall be used for interior purposes and not for lawn or gardening watering or any other irrigation use for the duration of the drought emergency.
  13. Emptying and refilling of swimming pools and hot tubs is prohibited.
  14. Maintaining pools, hot tubs and fire protection storage facilities at normal operating levels is permitted.
  15. The operation of any ornamental fountain or similar decorative water structure is prohibited unless a recycling system is used and a notice to the public of such recycling system is prominently displayed.
  16. Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers upon request.
  17. Operators of hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily and prominently display notice of this option.

 

Stage 2 water restrictions continue until there is an announcement that Stage 3 is in effect.

 

  1. Stage 3 ‑ Significant Water Shortage. Stage 3 restrictions are in effect when the aquifer is 60 feet above the top of the Well 4/5 pump or at the discretion of the Board. During a Stage 3Significant Water Shortage, Stages 1 and 2 restrictions apply as well as the following:
  2. Washing impervious covers such as sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, decks, patios or other improved areas is prohibited. Health and Safety exceptions to this rule may be requested in writing.
  3. The filling of swimming pools or hot tubs is prohibited.
  4. Water for new construction purposes is limited to those with written District approval.
  5. The washing of vehicles or other equipment is prohibited without written District approval.
  6. Outdoor irrigation of all vegetation including lawns and landscaping is limited to once per week, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. according to the Association’s posted watering day below:
Association Watering Day
Kirkwood Meadows Association Sunday
East Meadows Association Wednesday
Commercial and All Other Associations Friday

 

         Stage 3 water restrictions continue until there is an announcement that Stage 4 is in effect.

 

  1. Stage 4 ‑ Water Emergency. Stage Four restrictions are in effect when the aquifer is 50 feet above the top of the Well 4/5 pump or at the Board’s discretion. During a Stage 4Water Emergency, Stage 1, 2 and 3 restrictions apply as well as the following:
    1. The use of water for other than domestic and commercial use is prohibited.
    2. Watering for landscaping, construction, exterior washing, etc. is prohibited.
    3. The use of water for air conditioning purposes, where an alternate source of fresh air is available, is prohibited.
    4. No Will Serve Letters for new construction will be issued.

 

ENFORCEMENT

 

The General Manager, and other District authorized representatives have the duty and are authorized to enforce all provisions of this System.

 

  1. First Violation. For a first violation within one calendar year, the District shall issue a written warning to the Water User.

 

  1. Second Violation. For a second violation within one calendar year, a fine of $100 for residential customers shall be added to the Water User’s bill at the property where the violation occurred; for the second violation within one year, a fine of $500 for commercial customers shall be added to the Water User’s bill at the property where the violation occurred.

 

  1. Third Violation. For a third violation within one calendar year, a fine of   $250 for residential customers shall be added to the Water User’s bill at the property where the violation occurred; for the third violation within one year, a fine of $750 for commercial customers shall be added to the Water User’s bill at the property where the violation occurred.  In addition to the fine, the Board or the General Manager may require installation of a flow‑restricting device on the Water User’s service connection.  The District may also discontinue the Water User’s water service at the property where the violation occurred in accordance with District procedures.  Re-connection shall be permitted only when there is reasonable protection against future violations, such as a flow‑restricting device on the customer’s service connection, as determined at the District’s discretion.

 

  1. Fourth Violation. For the fourth and any additional violations within one calendar year, a fine of $500 for residential customers shall be added to the Water User’s bill at the property where the violation occurred; for a fourth and any additional violations within one year, a fine of $1,000 for commercial customers shall be added to the Water User’s bill at the property where the violation occurred.  The District may also discontinue the Water User’s water service at the property where the violation occurred in accordance with District procedures.  Re-connection shall be permitted only when there is reasonable protection against future violations, such as a flow‑restricting device on the customer’s service connection, as determined at the District’s discretion.

 

  1. District Enforcement Costs. District shall be reimbursed for its costs and expenses in enforcing the provisions of this System, including such costs as District incurs for District staff to investigate and monitor the Water User’s compliance with the terms of this System.  Charges for installation of flow‑restricting devices or for discontinuing or restoring water service, as the District incurs those charges, shall be added to the Water User’s bill at the property where the enforcement costs were incurred.

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

  1. General. The provisions of this System shall be administered and enforced by the District through the General Manager, who may delegate such enforcement to one or more employees or contractors of the District.

 

  1. Utility Accounts. Accounts shall not be established for new customers, including the transfer of accounts upon change of ownership, until the customer complies with the provisions of this System.  In pursuing the objectives of this Section the General Manager shall seek the cooperation of other utility purveyors within the District’s service area.  The District will request that other utility purveyors not permit the establishment of new accounts until the customer complies with the provisions of this System.

 

  1. Discretionary Exemptions. The Board may, in its discretion, exempt Water Users and individual facilities of Water Users from the provisions of this System, or impose reasonable conditions in lieu of compliance with this System, if the Board finds that any of the following conditions exist:
  2. a) The requirements of this System would cause an unnecessary and undue hardship upon the Water User, the Water User facility or the public.

 

  1. b) Health and Safety. Strict compliance with the requirements of this System would create an emergency condition, as determined by the Board or other governmental entity with appropriate jurisdiction, affecting the health, protection or safety of the Water User or the public.

 

  1. c) No Impact on Water Use. The granting of the exemption or imposition of reasonable conditions in lieu of compliance with this System would not increase the quantity of water consumed by the Water User or otherwise adversely affect service to other Water Users. In granting any such relief, the departure from the requirements of this System shall be limited to the minimum necessary to address the circumstances upon which such departure is required by a Water User.

 

  1. Appeals. Any customer or applicant for a variance permit may appeal any decision under this System in accordance with District Policy.