In response to continued drought conditions and statewide orders, the Santa Fe Irrigation District will implement Drought Response Level 2 actions effective immediately. All water districts in California have been asked to increase the call for conservation by the Governor and the State Water Resources Control Board.
Level 2 Restrictions include the following actions:
- Irrigation of residential, commercial, nursery and grower’s products before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. only.
- No watering of paved surfaces (sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts or patios, etc.) except when necessary for safety or sanitation hazards.
- Water waste from inefficient landscape irrigation such as runoff, overspray, etc. is prohibited.
- Vehicles should be washed using a bucket and positive shutoff nozzle, mobile high pressure/low volume wash system or at a commercial site that re-circulates water on-site.
- Leaks should be repaired within 5 days of notification by the District.
Additionally, the SWRCB Emergency Regulation prohibits the irrigation of ornamental turf at commercial, industrial, and institutional sites unless recycled water is used.
“Drought and water-use efficiency are a way of life for all Californians and our local communities,” said Michael T. Hogan, Board President. “We appreciate everything our customers have done this year and in years past to eliminate water waste, but record-breaking dry conditions necessitate additional action. I understand that many of our customers are as efficient as possible, and we need you to continue that practice. We are here to provide rebates, resources, and education to those that could use some help increasing their water-use efficiency. Education and outreach will be our focus as we navigate this drought and the upcoming fire season.”
The statewide emergency regulations will remain in effect for one year. SFID has resources and rebates available for customers to be as efficient with this precious resource as possible. Rebates are available for efficient sprinkler nozzles, weather-based irrigation controllers, toilets, and turf removal and replacement with water-efficient landscaping. Customers can also sign up for the SFID water use portal and track their water use and set notifications and alerts for leaks. All information is available at sfidwater.org.