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Posted on: December 16, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Water Restrictions in Place

Shasta Lake Reservoir with water level very low.

California is once again in severe drought. In response, we must all do our part to reduce water use by 15% compared to 2020. On December 15, 2021, MVWD's Board of Directors declared a Significant Water Supply Shortage in accordance with District Ordinance 33, which imposes the following restrictions on the use 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
  • Repair leaks within seven (7) days of discovery
  • Restaurants only serve water upon request
  • Hotels offer guests option not to launder linens daily
  • Businesses and schools are prohibited from irrigating non-functional turf (i.e. grass that is solely ornamental and not used for recreational purposes)

Violators subject to fines of up to $200.  Enhanced water use restrictions remain in place until December 15, 2022, unless otherwise rescinded by the Board of Directors.

Our customers have done an outstanding job using water more efficiently and have cut back total demand by more than 40% over the last two decades. But in the face of another drought, we must do everything possible not to waste water. Click here for more information on conservation tips, rebate information and upcoming workshops to help you reduce your water use.

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