NOTICE OF WATER SHORTAGE CONTINGENCY PLAN AND PUBLIC MEETING
Liberty Utilities filed an Advice Letter with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to add Schedule 14.1 – Water Shortage Contingency Plan with Staged Mandatory Reductions, Restrictions, and Drought Surcharges to its tariffs. Schedule 14.1 provides information on reductions, restrictions, water allocations, enforcement measures, and surcharges that will help to achieve reductions due to water supply shortages or to achieve identified water usage goals established by an authorized government agency or official.
In response to the Governor’s Executive Order (B-29-15) the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) imposed restrictions to achieve a statewide 25% reduction in potable urban water usage through February 28, 2016. The CPUC, in Resolution W-5041, ordered all regulated water companies to comply with those restrictions. These restrictions will require water consumers to reduce usage as compared to the amount they used in 2013. Liberty Utilities customers reduced usage in 2014, but will need to achieve additional water conservation in 2015-16 to achieve the statewide goal.
These restrictions are designed to strongly encourage those customers with high per capita usage to achieve proportionally greater reduction than those with low use.
The annual mandated reduction for this area is 8%. Liberty Utilities is proposing to implement Stage 1. Other Stages may be implemented as needed to achieve the annual mandated reduction.
MANDATORY WATER — USE REDUCTIONS, RESTRICTIONS, AND DROUGHT EMERGENCY SURCHARGES
The Water Board has established the following mandatory restrictions for all water users.
No customer shall use utility-supplied water for non-essential or unauthorized uses as defined below:
a. The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flow onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures.
b. The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use.
c. The use of potable water for washing buildings, structures, sidewalks, walkways, patios, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced, non-porous areas.
d. The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.
e. The use of potable water for watering outside plants, lawn, landscape, and turf area during certain hours prohibited by applicable laws, during and up to 48 hours after measurable rainfall (0.1″ or more).
f. Liberty Utilities will promptly notify customers when aware of leaks within the customer’s control. The failure to promptly repair any leaks, breaks, or other malfunction resulting in water waste in a customer’s domestic or outdoor water system after notification by Liberty Utilities, unless other, specific arrangements are made with and agreed to by Liberty Utilities.
g. The serving of water, other than upon request, in eating and drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased.
h. Hotels/motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily and prominently display notice of this option in each guestroom.
i. The use of potable water for irrigation of ornamental turf on public street medians.
j. The use of potable water for irrigation outside of newly constructed homes and buildings that is not delivered by drip or micro spray systems.
k. Commercial, industrial, and institutional properties, such as campuses, golf courses, and cemeteries, immediately implement water efficiency measures to reduce potable water use in an amount consistent with the mandated reduction.
I. Further reduction in or the complete prohibition of any other use of water declared non-essential,
unauthorized, prohibited, or unlawful by an authorized government or regulatory agency or official.
m. Use of potable water for watering streets with trucks, or other vehicles, except for initial wash-down for construction purposes (if street sweeping is not feasible), or to protect the health and safety of the public.
The following stages will be implemented as needed to achieve the annual mandated reduction.
|Outdoor irrigation is restricted to three days per week: Addresses Ending In:||Watering Days|
|Even Numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8)||Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday|
|Odd Numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9)||Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday|
|All outdoor irrigation must occur between the hours of 7 pm & 8 am. Irrigation is limited to 10 minutes per station per watering day.|
Failure to comply with these restrictions may result in the installation of a flow restrictor device along with associated fees for installation and removal.
Failure to comply with these restrictions may result in the installation of a real time measurement device on the customer’s service line. The cost of the device, including installation, shall be billed to the customer.
If conditions warrant, Liberty Utilities will change the number of watering days, the specific day of watering, and the length of watering after first notifying its customers in accordance with Rule 14.1.
Each subsequent Stage will be implemented if the preceding Stage allocations and drought emergency surcharges are deemed insufficient to achieve reductions due to water supply shortages or to achieve identified water usage goals established by an authorized government agency or official.
In addition to the restrictions identified in Stage 1, the following allocations and drought emergency surcharges are in effect for Stages 2 – 4. Click here for more information.