California Drought and Water Restrictions

Posted on: October 29th, 2021
On Oct. 19, Governor Gavin Newsom expanded the drought emergency to include San Diego County. On Oct. 20, the San Dieguito Water District Board, in support of the Governor’s efforts, declared a Water Shortage Contingency Plan Level 1. Olivenhain Municipal Water District had moved to a Level 1 condition in 2016. The districts encourage customers to continue their water conservation practices by observing the following voluntary measures:
  • Stop hosing down paved surfaces
  • Stop water waste resulting from inefficient irrigation, such as runoff or overspray
  • Wash vehicles with handheld hose/ shut-off nozzle and bucket or at a commercial site with recirculating water
  • Restaurants serve and provide water refills upon request
  • Hotel/motel linen and towel laundry service upon request
  • Non-potable water should be used for construction purposes when available
  • Use hand-held hose with a shut-off nozzle and bucket to water landscape areas not irrigated with a landscape irrigation system
  • Water before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. (residential and commercial customers, and nursery growers)
  • Repair leaks, breaks and malfunctions in a timely manner ( within 5 days)
  • Use re-circulated water to operate ornamental fountains

Please do your part with saving one of our precious resources. We are very fortunate in that all of the water we use for common areas is recycled water which is 20% less expensive and there are no restrictions on usage of recycled water. The completion of the project to provide recycled water to the south mesa three years ago was very timely.