In response to new mandatory state water conservation regulations, a Water Shortage Emergency Ordinance was adopted at the Exeter City Council meeting of August 26, 2014. As the drought has worsened, significant new State restrictions have been put in place and the City has adopted a revised Water Conservation Ordinance, effective July 1, 2015. The City is currently in Stage 3 Restrictions.
The mandatory regulations include:
- All City water customers shall limit outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes and turf with potable water to no more than two days per week, and will abide by the following watering restrictions and schedule:
- Watering of current landscaping and turf must be accomplished by use of sprinkler irrigation, a hand-held hose with a positive shut-off nozzle or a hand-held and faucet-filled bucket with, at most, a five gallon capacity.
- Customers whose addresses end with an even number shall water their turf and landscapes on Tuesdays and Saturdays - before 7:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. Customers whose addresses end with an odd number shall water their landscapes on Wednesdays and Sundays - before 7:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m.
- There will be no outdoor watering of any kind allowed on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
- The City is under strict orders from the State of California to reduce water usage by 36%. This is a significant number and requires severe restrictions. For the past several months we have focused on education and have only issued warnings. As of July 1, 2015 citations can be issued, with fines ranging from $100 for a first infraction to $500 for third and subsequent infractions.
In the coming days, all City of Exeter residents will be receiving a mailer which will include a copy of the entire ordinance.
If you have any questions regarding the new ordinance, please feel free to contact the Public Works Department at 592-3318.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation!