Stage 1 Mandatory Water Conservation

As a result of the Middle Ranch Reservoir dropping below the 600-acre-foot level, Stage 1 Mandatory Water Conservation is in effect. Your continued conservation is still essential to sustaining our water supply. 

What is Stage1 Mandatory Water Conservation?

Stage 1 Mandatory Water Conservation has restrictions on the use of potable water. These water use restrictions will aid in prolonging our water supplies for the community. The triggers for the 4-Stage Mandatory Conservation and Rationing Plan associate with the level of the Middle Ranch Reservoir. Stage 1 is 600 AF, Stage 2 is 300 AF, Stage 3 is 200 AF, and Stage 4 is 50 AF. Each stage is activated by SCE when water levels in the Middle Ranch Reservoir fall below the respective level. 

Restrictions

Stage 1 Mandatory Water Conservation includes the following prohibitions and restrictions on the use of potable water: 

1. Prohibited | Use through any meter when the company has notified the customer in writing to repair a broken or defective plumbing, sprinkler, watering or irrigation system and the customer has failed to effect such repairs within five business days. 

2. Prohibited | Use of potable water that results in flooding or runoff, or overspray. 

3. Prohibited | Individual private washing of cars, or private boats or aircrafts with a hose except with the use of a positive action shut-off nozzle or three-gallon bucket. Use of potable water for washing commercial aircraft, buses, boats, trailers, or other commercial vehicles at any time, except at commercial or fleet vehicle or boat washing facilities operated at a fixed location where equipment using water is properly maintained to avoid wasteful use. 

4. Prohibited | Use of potable water for washing buildings and structures, street cleaning, driveways, patios, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hardsurfaced areas, except in the cases where health and safety are at risk. 

5. Prohibited | Use of potable water to irrigate plants, gardens, or ornamental landscaping by means other than drip irrigation, or hand watering without quickacting positive action shut-off nozzles. Watering by use of a container or bucket not exceeding a three-gallon capacity will be permitted at any time. 

6. Prohibited | Use of potable water for construction purposes such as consolidation of backfill, dust control, mixing of cement concrete (except at an established cement concrete plant), preparation of mortar, curing, site clean-up, or other uses except where such construction is minor and does not require a permit or is required for safety and health reasons. 

7. Prohibited | Operation of commercial car washes without recycling at least 50% of the potable water used per cycle. 

8. Prohibited | Use of potable water for the filling or refilling of swimming pools, spas, hot tubs and decorative fountains. Water level in existing pools, spas, and hot tubs that circulate water may be maintained to ensure continued operation of recirculation equipment only if they are equipped with a specifically designed cover in good working condition when not in use. 

9. Prohibited | Service of water by any restaurant except upon the request of a patron. 

10. Prohibited | The use of fresh water from fire hydrants, at any time, for any purpose other than fire suppression. 

11. Prohibited | Use of potable water to irrigate ornamental turf on public street medians. 

12.Prohibited | Use of potable water to irrigate outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours of measurable rainfall. 

13.Prohibited | Use of potable water to irrigate landscapes outside of newly constructed homes and buildings in a manner inconsistent with regulations or other requirements established by the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development. 

14.Restricted | Operators of hotels, motels or similar business establishments providing overnight accommodations shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily. The operators of these establishments shall prominently display notice of this option in each guestroom using clear and easily understood language. 

15.Restricted | The watering of plants, gardens or ornamental landscaping by drip irrigation or hand watering with a quick acting positive action shut-off nozzle or turf and lawns with sprinkler systems shall be limited to the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., during the period Pacific Daylight Time is in effect, and 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., during the period Pacific Standard Time is in effect. Watering by use of a container or bucket, not exceeding a three-gallon capacity, will be permitted at any time. 

Customers who violate any water use restriction will be subject to the following fine structure: 

  • First offense: Written warning 
  • Second offense: $50 
  • Third offense: $100 
  • Each additional offense: $100 more than the previous fine imposed, not to exceed $500 

Customer account holders are responsible for the fines on the violations that occur at their residence or place of business. It is the responsibility of the account holder of record to ensure all parties are aware of and adhere to the water use restrictions above. 

Your compliance will help Catalina Island preserve our water resources, and it is greatly appreciated.