Additional water restrictions take effect in Templeton
Even number addresses may water Tuesdays and Saturdays, odd number residences may water Wednesdays and Sundays
In April 2015, Governor Jerry Brown imposed mandatory watering restrictions requiring a 25% cut on urban water use. Recognizing that additional actions should be taken for careful management of water, the Templeton Community Services District has introduced updated watering rules that are now in effect.
Templeton has saved a significant amount of water so far. The community reduced water use by 16% from 2013 to 2014, and by 26% from January 1 – May 18, 2015 as compared to the same period in 2013. However, as a result of California’s ongoing drought and recent statewide reduction requirements, additional restrictions will be implemented that limit watering to two days per week.
Effective immediately, all landscape irrigation shall be limited to no more than two assigned days per week. Even number addresses may irrigate only on Tuesday and Saturday. Odd number addresses may irrigate only on Wednesday and Sunday.
The following water management requirements are still in place:
1. Landscape irrigation watering schedules: Irrigation of residential and commercial landscapes, including golf courses, parks, school grounds and recreation fields, shall not occur between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., except for renovation or repair of the irrigation system with an operator present, and except for bubbler and drip irrigation.
2. No excessive water flow or runoff: Watering or irrigating of any lawn, landscape or other vegetated area in a manner that causes or allows excessive water flow or runoff onto an adjoining sidewalk, driveway, street, alley, gutter, or ditch is prohibited.
3. No washing down hard or paved surfaces: Washing down hard or paved surfaces, including but not limited to: sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or alleys, is prohibited except under the following conditions:
a. To alleviate safety or sanitary hazards, and then only by use of a hand-held bucket or hand-held hose equipped with a self-closing water shut-off device.
b. When recycled or re-purposed water is used.
c. When a low-volume, high-pressure cleaning machine or a low-volume high-pressure water broom is used.
4. Limits on washing vehicles: Using water to wash or clean a vehicle, including but not limited to any automobile, truck, van, bus, motorcycle, boat or trailer is prohibited. Exceptions include use of a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a self-closing water shut-off nozzle. This does not apply to any commercial car washing facility.
For those interested in replacing their lawn with more sustainable forms of landscape, the district is now offering an incentive program (up to $600) for lawn and irrigation replacement. They will also be offering advice on programming irrigation clocks. How-to flyers and links will also be available on their website. Over-the-phone assistance and in-person appointment scheduling will be made available.