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Water Conservation Stage Two – Mandatory Conservation Declaration

Mandatory Conservation Declaration

Water Conservation Stage Two is also referred to as a “Mandatory Conservation Declaration” and applies during periods when a reasonable probability exists that the District will not be able to meet all of the water demands of its Customers.

Water Conservation Stage Two may be caused by, but is not limited to, any or all of the following circumstances or events:

  • A regional water supply shortage exists and a public outreach campaign is being implemented asking or requiring all Persons to reduce water use;
  • Delivery infrastructure such as storage reservoirs, pipes, pumps, filtration devices or groundwater wells are inoperable or unusable (such as by power outages, mechanical failure, or contamination);
  • Declaration of mandatory water conservation measures by an authority other than the District, such as the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)
  • River flows fall below 20 cfs (at Leggett gauge)
  • When system delivery pumps are required to operate more than 18 hours for three consecutive days in order to meet demand..

Current river flows are below 50% of median flows as measured by USGS at the Miranda gauge. Mandatory Conservation Restrictions:

Except as otherwise provided in this Section 7, all water conservation and supply shortage response measures of Water Conservation Stage One shall be in full force and effect during Water Conservation Stage Two. In addition Voluntary elements from Stage One become Mandatory. Upon declaration of a Water Conservation Stage Two by the Board of Directors or the General Manager, implementation by the District and publication of notice, the following water conservation and supply shortage response measures shall apply:


  • Landscape watering is allowed only between the hours of 6pm and 10:00am;
  • Restrict outdoor water usage to an ‘Odd/Even’ water conservation plan. Under this plan odd numbered homes are asked to restrict their outside water usage to Wednesday and Sunday. Even numbered homes are asked to water outdoors only on Tuesday and Saturday; Businesses are asked to water on Monday and Thursday. Water each area only for 10 minutes.
  • Refrain from allowing water to run off any lawns, landscape, or garden into adjoining streets, gutters, sidewalks, parking lot or alley;
  • Refrain from hosing or washing sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots or other hard surfaced areas;
  • Refrain from washing cars, boats, trailers, or other vehicles except at commercial car wash where drought tolerant equipment are utilized ;
  • Equip any hose with a quick acting shut-off nozzle;
  • Promptly repair all leaks in plumbing fixtures, water lines, and sprinkler systems;
  • Equip ornamental fountains, ponds or lakes with a water recycling system;
  • Nurseries must use basins under watered inventory to catch excess water;
  • Hotels and motels shall provide a notice of water emergency in each room.
  • Restaurants shall refrain from serving drinking water except upon specific request by a customer;
  • Industrial accounts shall be limited to water usage of 2500 cubic feet per month;


Mandatory Conservation Objectives:

The objective of the measures undertaken in Water Conservation Stage Two is to reduce water system consumption within the District by 25% relative to 2014 usage by month

Health and Safety exemptions

Health and Safety exemptions may be granted by RCSD General Manager pursuant to the process described in Section 18 of this Ordinance.