Newsletter, August 2016
August 18, 2016
Conservation Continuing, Keep Up the Good Work!
Through July 2016, the District’s cumulative conservation was 50.2 percent as compared to 2013! The District is on track to achieve its 33% overall, cumulative conservation target by continuing reasonable conservation and with voluntary rather than mandatory conservation measures. The District remains at Stage 1 (Normal Water Supply) of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan.
Despite a 100 percent water supply allocation from the Central Valley Project this year, the Governor’s Executive Order and State Water Board’s emergency water conservation regulation require the District to achieve a 33% cumulative conservation target. With continued common sense conservation practices, we can achieve our conservation obligation without significant hardship or sacrifice.
Shorter Days – Time to Reduce Lawn and Landscape Watering
Landscape water needs in September are less than was required in August and considerably less than July. Although it may still be hot, the days are getting shorter and the sun is a little lower in the sky. In addition to reducing irrigation duration, consider reducing the number of watering days per week compared to what was required in July and August. You will find the landscape will thrive and you will save water. Some excellent online tools are available to assist irrigators improve irrigation scheduling:
UC IPM Online: www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/TOOLS/TURF/MAINTAIN/irrfreq.html
California Irrigation Management Irrigation System: www.cimis.water.ca.gov/Default.aspx
Additional Ways to Save Water Outdoors
Mulch – Add mulch to all planting areas every year to ensure there is a 2-3inch layer. This will improve plant health, reduce water evaporation, improve soil, and keep soil temperature cooler during the summer
Reduce Your Lawn – Turf grass or lawn is the single biggest water-using plant in most home landscapes. Consider replacing some or all of your lawn with a beautiful garden. Ask your local nursery about plants that thrive in Shasta County.
Mow – Mow lawns to 2.5-3 inches. This will improve the quality of the lawn and reduce water demand.
Use a Broom – instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk and save up to 80 gallons of water or more every time.
Aerate – Aerate your lawn to allow water and oxygen to get to the roots, improving infiltration and reducing runoff.
State Water Board Posts New Fact Sheet on “Stress Test” Submissions and Transitions to Development of Long-Term Water Use Efficiency Standard
The State Water Resources Control Board has posted a new fact sheet on the “stress test” process that allows urban water suppliers to replace last year’s state-imposed mandatory conservation standards with locally determined measures. The fact sheet provides details on stress test results released by the State Water Board on Aug. 16. The data shows that the majority of urban water suppliers (343) were able to certify they are drought-prepared in the event of an additional three dry years. At least 160 water suppliers serving about half of the state’s population have voluntary conservation targets in place, based on data submitted by suppliers by the June 22 deadline. The actual number likely is higher because not all suppliers provided that information. Thirty-six suppliers identified new conservation standards based on the results of their stress tests. Thirty-two suppliers, including Bella Vista Water District, did not submit “stress tests” and opted to retain their March 2016 conservation standards through January 2017. Utilizing the “stress test” approach would have required the District to impose mandatory conservation measures this year despite a 100 percent supply allocation
In addition to monitoring conservation levels, the State Water Board is working closely with the Department of Water Resources and other state agencies to develop long-term water use efficiency standards, as directed by Executive Order B-37-16, which will be applicable across California. These new standards are intended to provide for improved water conservation and efficiency in the years ahead based on climate, population, and business types, rather than percentage reductions off a given baseline. The new standards will also include permanent prohibitions on wasteful water use, improved drought planning, and enhanced leak detection and repair requirements.
2015 Water Quality Report Available
Annually, the District compiles its water quality information into a report officially titled the “Consumer Confidence Report,” required by Health & Safety Code §116470. The report includes a discussion on the District’s supply sources, contaminants in water and drinking water regulations. We are pleased to report the District’s 2015 Consumer Confidence Report has been completed and the District’s water quality meets and exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards. You may view the current and past reports on our website www.bvwd.org/water-quality-reports or contact our office to request a copy.
Please continue to use water wisely!