Water Supply Shortage Declaration

California is once again in severe drought. In response, Governor Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency and called upon all Californians to reduce their water use by 15% compared to their use in 2020. On December 15, 2021, Monte Vista Water District’s Board of Directors declared a Significant Water Supply Shortage in accordance with District Ordinance 33, implementing the following:

Restricted uses of drinking water

  • Outdoor watering is only allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. (with exceptions such as hand-watering)
  • No excess runoff from outdoor watering
  • No hosing down driveways, sidewalks, buildings, or parking lots 
  • No washing vehicles without a shut-off nozzle
  • No using water in fountains or other water features without recirculation
  • No watering during rain and 24 hours following
  • Fix leaks within seven (7) days of discovery

Violators are subject to fines up to $200. Enhanced water use restrictions are set to expire December 15, 2022, unless rescinded or amended by the Board of Directors.

What can you do to help conserve water?

Hand-watering your landscape is the most efficient way to water your landscape. But there are steps you can take to improve your sprinkler systems efficiency as well:

  • Install weather-based sprinkler timers and program them according to our recommended watering schedule.
  • Identify leaks and repair them within seven (7) days of discovery.
  • Retrofit your old sprinkler nozzles with new, efficient ones.
  • Upgrade your old water-using appliances to new, efficient ones by taking advantage of local rebates.

MVWD has a variety of rebates and programs to help customers use water wisely. Visit the Programs & Rebates page for more details.