With drought a constant threat across California, all of us are being asked to make conservation a way of life. That is why EVMWD remains in Stage 2 of its drought plan, which requires efficient water use and prohibits waste. In Stage 2, customers can irrigate outdoors four days a week. In addition, pool and spa covers are required and installation of new landscapes is allowed only if drip irrigation is used.
|What is allowed…||What is not allowed…|
|Limit sprinkler operation to no more than four times per week||Washing down sidewalks and driveways|
|Use sprinkler irrigation systems after 6:00 p.m. and before 6:00 a.m.||Watering during or within 48 hours after a rain event|
|Watering by hand with a hose and an automatic shutoff nozzle is okay during daylight hours||Using fountains or water features without recirculating pumps|
|Adjust sprinklers and irrigation systems to avoid overspray, runoff and waste||Providing water at restaurants unless requested|
|Notify and provide documentation to EVMWD for repairs of leaks or broken irrigation equipment within 14 days||Watering on windy days|
|Uncovered pool or spa|
|New landscape without drip irrigation|
What are the penalties for water waste?
In Stage 2, customers who waste water will receive a written notice of violation from EVMWD for the first two instances. For the third and subsequent violations, a monetary fine will be assessed as outlined in the chart below.
|Third & any subsequent violations||$100|
For detailed information about Stage 2, please review EVMWD’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan here.