Irrigation is currently limited to 2 unassigned days per week, 8 minutes per station.
On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order directing that the State Water Resources Control Board impose restrictions on urban water users to achieve a statewide 25% reduction in potable urban water use. On May 5, 2015, the State adopted new regulations and mandated a 24% reduction in potable water use for Vallecitos from 2013 demands.
On May 20, 2015, Vallecitos' Board of Directors adopted emergency drought restrictions under Ordinance 195 (to supplement Ordinance 162), to limit all outdoor irrigation, excluding certified agricultural or commercial growers, to 2 unassigned days per week/8 minutes per station.
November 2015 update: Vallecitos customers have conserved a total of 31 percent since the mandate has been in place. Per the District's drought ordinance, outdoor irrigation is normally limited to one day per week in the winter. However, due to the exceptional conservation efforts by Vallecitos customers, outdoor watering will continue to be allowed twice a week until further notice. As Governor Brown recently announced that his emergency conservation order would be extended through October if drought conditions last through January, customers should still continue to use water as efficiently as possible. Vallecitos thanks all customers for answering the call to conserve!
Water Waste Patrols: To help the District achieve water conservation targets, Vallecitos staff began patrolling the community looking for water waste in May. Almost all of the violations being found are for sprinkler runoff, which occurs when the water from the sprinklers over-sprays or drains onto hard surfaces, such as the sidewalk or gutter. To ensure that our customers' yards stay off our radar, we recommend:
* Test running the sprinklers to check for problems such as broken sprinkler heads, valves or pipes, misaligned sprinkler heads, over-spray or runoff, and make the necessary corrections.
* Checking the irrigation timer to make sure the sprinklers are not set for more than the allowable watering days and times per week and make adjustments if necessary.
* Waiting at least 3 days between watering and if it appears the landscaping is doing well, consider waiting 4 days or longer between waterings.
For customers that need help understanding their irrigation timer, locating problems or increasing the efficiency of their irrigation system, help is available. Vallecitos customers can schedule a FREE landscape irrigation audit.
We appreciate all of our customers continued support for conserving our most precious resource during this challenging water supply period.
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Drought restriction update
Due to the exceptional conservation efforts by Vallecitos customers, outdoor irrigation will not be reduced to one day per week as stated in the District's drought ordinance.
Free open forum on water-related issues - November 18, 2015
California State University San Marcos Extended Learning is hosting a series of open forums entitled “Fresh Perspectives on California's Water Future.”
Free WaterSmart Landscape Design Workshop - November 9, 2015
Enhance your yard's curb appeal by turning it into a WaterSmart showcase. This free workshop will teach homeowners how to replace their thirsty grass with a beautiful low water landscape.
Vallecitos will be hosting a free workshop on November 2 to provide information about the Carlsbad Desalination Project and how this new local water source may affect Vallecitos customers.
Nov26District Holiday - Thanksgiving
Thursday, Nov 26
Nov27District Holiday - Thanksgiving
Friday, Nov 27
Dec02Board of Directors meeting - RESCHEDULED
Wednesday, Dec 2
Dec25District Holiday - Christmas
Friday, Dec 25