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Posted on: June 1, 2015

[ARCHIVED] City Council Expands Mandatory Water Restrictions


On May 18th, in response to the Emergency Regulation adopted by the State Water Resource Control Board, Healdsburg City Council voted to expand the Stage 2 mandatory water conservation measures originally enacted in January 2014. Council voted to implement a resolution to limit outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscaping or turf to no more than two days a week. Watering of ornamental landscaping and turf is only allowed on Tuesdays and Fridays between the hours of 8 pm and 7am. This is in addition to the following mandatory water conservation measures that remain in effect:

• Routinely inspect for and repair irrigation leaks
• Correct and repair plumbing leaks within 72 hours of discovery or notification
• Adjust irrigation valve run-time to account for fluctuation in weather and to avoid runoff
• Use of water from a fire hydrant for non-emergency uses is prohibited
• Use of potable water for construction purposes is prohibited
• Washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways and other hard-surfaced areas is prohibited
• Washing motor vehicles without using a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off is prohibited
• Irrigating turf or ornamental landscapes during and 48 hours following measureable precipitation is prohibited
• Water may only be served upon request at restaurants and other food/beverage service establishments
• Operators of hotels/motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens
laundered daily
• Irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians with potable water is prohibited

To help residents conserve water, the City of Healdsburg is providing the following rebates and incentives: direct install toilet program; low flow toilet rebate; CEE Tier 3 clothes washer rebate; lawn conversion rebate; irrigation system audit (coming June 2015); irrigation system equipment rebate (coming June 2015); home water audit (coming June 2015). In addition, we are offering an educational water conservation series. Scheduled workshops will be held at City Hall from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm and will include:

• May 20th – How to Inspect & Evaluate the Performance of your Current Irrigation System provided by
• May 28th – How Will Mandatory Water Restrictions Impact you? provided by City of Healdsburg
• June 3rd – Basic Principles of Drought Tolerant Landscaping provided by GardenWorks

• June 10th – Landscape Water Budgeting and Irrigation Efficiency provided by GardenWorks

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