Newsletter, May 2016
May 25, 2016
Bella Vista Water District customers did a remarkable job conserving water and helping the District through the recent drought. Over the period of June 2015 through April 2016, the District’s customers have used almost 53 percent less water when compared to the same months in 2013.
Together we have surpassed the goal of saving 36 percent! Because of your efforts, good winter precipitation, a 100% supply allocation from the Central Valley Project and the State Water Resources Control Board easing state-wide drought regulations, the District’s Board of Directors have made some important changes to the conservation program that was established last year.
Here are the changes you need to know:
Elimination of a Mandatory Conservation Target
The District is now in Stage 1 – Normal Water Supply of its Water Shortage contingency Plan. For the past two years, the District was in Stage 3 – Severe Water Shortage, and we required municipal and industrial customers to conserve 25% as compared to the average of your prior three unconstrained years of water use per billing cycle. This mandate has been eliminated.
Elimination of Exceedance Penalties
For the past two years, the District implemented an exceedance charge for water use exceeding your allotment, and listed on your bill as an “Exceedance Charges”. In keeping our promise to customers, this temporary penalty charge concluded with meters read on or after May 1, 2016.
Elimination of Irrigation hours and the Three-day Per Week Limit on Outdoor Irrigation
You are no longer required to limit your outdoor watering to three days per week and certain hour of the day. However, to reduce water losses to evaporation and evapotranspiration it is recommended that you avoid watering between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and when it is very windy.
Water-use Prohibitions Made Permanent
The Governor’s Executive Order, made on May 9, 2016, Directs the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) to permanently prohibit practices that waste potable water. The State Board subsequently adopted a revised Regulation with the following: Sec. 864. End-User Requirements in Promotion of Water Conservation. (a) To prevent the waste and unreasonable use of water and to promote water conservation, each of the following actions is prohibited, except where necessary to address an immediate health and safety need or to comply with a term or condition in a permit issued by a state or federal agency:
(1) 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;
(2) 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;
(3) The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks;
(4) The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system;
(5) The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall;
(6) 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;
(7) The irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians; and
(8) 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.
While we’ve relaxed our water-use restrictions, we continue to ask all customers to use water wisely!