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City of Yuba City-Developed Conservation Standard
"Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life"
On May 9, 2016, Governor Brown issued Executed Order B-37-16, "Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life." In response to the Governor's Executive Order and the improving California water supply, the State Water Resource Control Board eased emergency conservation regulations and established new rules for water suppliers to implement a "locally-developed conservation standard." The City's water conservation regulations, as approved by the Yuba City City Council on June 7, 2016, are as follows:
15% Conservation Mandate
- Goal is to use water more wisely
- 15% conservation standard established by the City
- 2013 is the baseline year for comparison
- Ensures that there is enough water supply to meet water demand, even with additional dry years
Irrigation Restrictions Reduced
- Lawn irrigation is now permitted any day of the week
- The two days per week restriction has been lifted
- The City recommends irrigating efficiently by watering during the coolest parts of the day, monitoring irrigation systems for leaks, and avoiding excess runoff
- Irrigation that causes runoff and watering within 48 hours after measurable precipitation (rain) are still prohibited
Eliminate Water Waste
The following water-wasting practices have been permanently prohibited by the State Water Resources Control Board:
- Washing down driveways and sidewalks.
- Watering of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff.
- Using a hose to wash a motor vehicle unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.
- Using potable water in a non-circulating fountain or decorative water feature.
- Using outdoor irrigation during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation.
Rebate Programs Available
Though water conditions have improved, using water efficiently inside and out is still important. The City is proud to offer a limited number of rebates to our customers to help offset the financial impact of water-efficient upgrades:
- High-Efficiency Toilets - Up to $100 rebate
- Smart Irrigation Timers - Up to $75 rebate
- Pre-Rinse Spray Nozzles - Up to $50 rebate
- High-Efficiency Washing Machines - Up to $50 rebate
To download a rebate application, please see our Water Rebate Program page.
As part of the City’s effort to help water customers comply with these water restrictions and practice water conservation habits, the City will continue to investigate water waste and provide residents with conservation education through outreach and water violation patrols. The City’s goal is to raise awareness of the mandatory restrictions, and issue penalties as a last resort. For those that choose not to comply with the mandatory restrictions, the following penalty schedule will apply:
1st violation: Written warning
2nd violation: $ 50.00 surcharge*
3rd violation: $100.00 surcharge*
4+ violations: $250.00 surcharge* per violation
*Surcharges shall appear on the next monthly water billing
The City appreciates the conservation efforts of our water customers. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Public Works at (530) 822-4626.
Dispute A Water Violation
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