Board Extends Stage 3 Drought Declaration

2/26/2016

NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION EXTENDING THE DECLARATION OF A STAGE THREE WATER SHORTAGE CONDITION AND SUMMARY OF WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on February 25, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Bear Valley Community Services District adopted Resolution 15/16-26.  This resolution declares the continuing existence of a Stage Three Water Shortage Condition (“Stage Three Condition”) pursuant to Bear Valley Community Services District Code Chapter 7-4, and requires District water customers to continue to follow all water conservation measures listed in District Code section 7-4-6(A) through 7-4-6(C) during the duration of the Stage Three Condition.  The resolution also provides that the District’s water conservation surcharge applicable to certain water rates during such Stage Three Condition will continue to be imposed.  The Stage Three Condition will continue through November 30, 2016, unless sooner terminated or extended.  The conservation measures will primarily be enforced by warnings, although fines and other penalties may be imposed for serious or repeat violations.

The applicable water conservation measures for residential customers are as follows:

Code Section 7-4-6(A):

1. Preventing excessive water from flowing off the property served onto adjacent properties or sidewalks, gutters, surface drains, storm drains, or over land.

2. Use of drip irrigation systems or other methods designed to prevent excessive surface irrigation of landscaped areas, resulting in conditions such as puddling or runoff.

3. Immediate repair of all observable leaks of water on the customer's premises.

4. Use of a broom or a blower instead of a hose to clean driveways and paved surfaces. Use of water in washing down of driveways and other paved surfaces only when necessary to alleviate immediate fire or sanitation hazards.

5. Being careful not to leave a hose running while washing a vehicle.

6. Use of low flow shower heads and shortening the time spent in the shower.

7. Use of volume reduction devices in toilets and being careful not to use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket.

8. Reduction in water consumption for bathing, hand dishwashing and irrigation by reduction of flow time for these activities.

9. Running only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher

10. Capturing cold tap water while waiting for hot water to come down the pipes, to be used later on house plants or garden.

Code Section 7-4-6(B):

1. Lawn Watering:  Lawn watering and landscape irrigation is permitted only Monday through Saturday between the hours of 5:00 PM and 8:00 AM. However, this watering is permitted at any time on these days if a handheld hose is used, equipped with a nozzle that automatically shuts off when released, or when a handheld container or a drip irrigation system is used.

2. Washing Vehicles, Equipment: Washing of vehicles or other equipment is permitted only if done using a handheld bucket or a handheld hose equipped with a nozzle that automatically shuts off when released.

Code Section 7-4-6(C):

1.         Lawn watering and landscape irrigation with potable water is permitted only two days per week. Watering days will be determined by the last number of the account address. Addresses ending with an even number will be permitted to water on Tuesday and Friday only. Addresses ending with an odd number will be permitted to water on Monday and Thursday only. Lawn watering and landscape irrigation on these days is permitted only between the hours 5:00 PM and 8:00 AM.  However, watering is permitted at any time on the permitted days if a handheld hose is used, equipped with a nozzle that automatically shuts off when released, or when a handheld container or a drip irrigation system is used.

The continuation of the Stage Three Condition is necessary to comply with emergency regulations adopted by the California Water Resources Control Board and Executive Orders issued by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

            A certified copy of the full text of Resolution 15/16-26 is available for review in the Bear Valley Community Services District Offices, located at 28999 South Lower Valley Road, Tehachapi, California 93561, and on the District’s website: www.bvcsd.org.

            Resolution 15/16-26 was adopted by the following vote:

AYES:             Baron, Ritchie, LaClaire, Grace, Zanutto

                                                                        ____________________________________

                                                                        Kristy McEwen

                                                                        District Secretary

 

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