The City of Lakeport believes that water is one of our most precious natural resources and we continuously work to ensure that the City has enough quality water in the future.
Water conservation has historically been viewed as a standby or temporary source of supply that is typically invoked only during times of drought or other emergency water shortage. In 2015 the State of California imposed mandatory water conservation measures which are described below. However, we cannot afford to look at these drought response measures as temporary solutions until our water problems are fixed by a few storms. Instead, we must recognize today’s reality of diminishing annual rainfall totals that may get worse as we suffer the impacts of climate change. We encourage our customers to reduce water usage when it's practical.
On May 5, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a Mandatory Water Conservation Regulation. The new regulations dictate that small water suppliers, such as the City of Lakeport, restrict outdoor irrigation to no more than two days per week. The City of Lakeport has been proactive and last September asked its citizens to voluntarily restrict their outdoor irrigation to no more than two days per week. Now the State regulations require that these restrictions be made mandatory.
In order to comply with State mandates, the City Council adopted a resolution setting forth which days of the week citizens can water as follows:
Those homes and businesses with addresses ending in an even number may irrigate outdoor ornamental landscapes or turf on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Those homes and businesses with addresses ending in an odd number may irrigate on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Please note that these regulations do not apply to vegetable gardens or fruit/nut-bearing trees, which can be watered as needed.
Additionally, the new State regulations dictate the following:
- No use of potable water to wash sidewalks and driveway
- No runoff when irrigating with potable water
- No using hoses with no automatic shutoff nozzles to wash cars
- No using potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water
- No irrigating outdoors during and within 48 hours following measureable rainfall
- Restaurants cannot serve water to their customers unless the customer requests it
- Hotels and motels must offer their guests the option to not have their linens and towels laundered daily and prominently display this option in each guest room
The State has authorized local agencies to fine property owners up to $500 a day for failure to implement the water use prohibitions and restrictions. The State Water Board can issue informational orders, conservation orders, or cease and desist orders to water suppliers for failure to meet their conservation standard. Water agencies that violate cease and desist orders are subject to a civil liability of up to $10,000 a day.
Residents and business owners are requested to limit their outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water to the required two days per week as well as following the other State regulations that have been put into place. If the City cannot gain compliance, it may be necessary to begin issuing administrative fines. The City does not want to take this position; but faced with fines of up to $10,000, it may not have a choice.
What Else Can You Do?
- Water your lawn only when needed and during the cool parts of the day. Usually 2 or 3 times a week, in the morning or evening.
- Check your toilet for leaks.
- Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and steps.
- Do not use your toilet as a wastebasket.
- Install water-saving showerheads and take shorter showers.
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Check your water meter to see if it is moving when no water is being used.
- Wash only full loads of clothing.
- Do not run the water while washing your car, brushing your teeth, washing dishes etc.
If you would like to make other water saving suggestions to the list: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org