Water Supply Shortage Declaration
California is once again in severe drought. In response, Governor Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency and called upon all Californians to reduce their water use by 15% compared to their use in 2020. On December 15, 2021, Monte Vista Water District’s Board of Directors declared a Significant Water Supply Shortage in accordance with District Ordinance 33, implementing the following:
Restricted uses of drinking water
- Outdoor watering is only allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. (with exceptions such as hand-watering)
- No excess runoff from outdoor watering
- No hosing down driveways, sidewalks, buildings, or parking lots
- No washing vehicles without a shut-off nozzle
- No using water in fountains or other water features without recirculation
- No watering during rain and 24 hours following
- Fix leaks within seven (7) days of discovery
Violators are subject to fines up to $200. Enhanced water use restrictions are set to expire December 15, 2022, unless rescinded or amended by the Board of Directors.
What can you do to help conserve water?
Hand-watering your landscape is the most efficient way to water your landscape. But there are steps you can take to improve your sprinkler systems efficiency as well:
- Install weather-based sprinkler timers and program them according to our recommended watering schedule.
- Identify leaks and repair them within seven (7) days of discovery.
- Retrofit your old sprinkler nozzles with new, efficient ones.
- Upgrade your old water-using appliances to new, efficient ones by taking advantage of local rebates.
MVWD has a variety of rebates and programs to help customers use water wisely. Visit the Programs & Rebates page for more details.