2015 Drought Regulations Press Release
Media Contact: Steven Poncelet
Truckee Donner PUD
For Immediate Release
California State Regulators Adopt NEW Emergency Drought Regulations
Plus Governor Brown Issues Drought Executive Order
Truckee Donner PUD Takes Steps to Comply
Truckee, Calif. (April 14, 2015) – The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) recently adopted new emergency drought regulations and the Truckee Donner Public Utility District (Truckee Donner PUD) has taken action to implement these regulations. Compliance is mandatory and there are provisions for penalties and fines.
The State of California and Governor Brown have chosen to implement new drought regulations in two phases. The first is known and detailed below; phase two involves the Governor’s recent drought executive order and the regulations are to be determined and will likely require additional restrictions.
The key impacts to Truckee Donner PUD customers from the SWRCB’s 2015 emergency drought regulations currently include:
- Restriction on irrigation with potable water of ornamental landscapes and turf to every other day. This applies to all Truckee Donner PUD potable water customers; and
- Prohibitions for all Californians, punishable by a fine of up to $500 for each day in which a violation occurs, against:
- Runoff when irrigating with potable water;
- Using hoses with no shutoff nozzles to wash cars;
- Using potable water to wash sidewalks and driveways;
- Using potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water;
- Using outdoor irrigation during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation (NEW);
- Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers upon request (NEW); and
- Hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily (NEW).
“It is important to note that, although the Truckee region is in a drought, Truckee Donner PUD is not experiencing a water supply shortage,” said Michael Holley, Truckee Donner PUD general manager. “That being said, long-term drought will impact us all and we must all comply with the mandatory state emergency drought regulations and do our part to conserve.”
Enforcement of Regulations:
To help with enforcement of drought regulations, the Truckee Donner PUD has established a formal procedure to receive complaints regarding observations of noncompliant incidents. Staff will investigate complaints and take action where appropriate. Complaints must be in writing and can be filed at www.tdpud.org home page (click on drought link) or delivered to Truckee Donner PUD at 11570 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, Calif. 96161.
Governor Brown’s Drought Executive Order:
In a separate action, Governor Brown issued a drought executive order April 1, 2015 which directs the SWRCB to implement mandatory water reductions across the state to reduce water usage by 25 percent. The SWRCB will need to adopt additional regulations to implement the drought executive order and the exact impacts to Truckee Donner PUD customers are yet to be determined.
The additional SWRCB regulations to implement Governor Brown’s drought executive order will not be considered for approval until early May and will likely take effect in mid-May of this year. When adopted, the additional regulations will likely require more stringent restrictions on outdoor irrigation with potable water.
“There is no doubt that everyone will need to do their part to help conserve water and meet the state mandates,” said Steven Poncelet, Truckee Donner PUD public information and conservation manager. “Governor Brown’s most recent drought executive order has created significant uncertainty and we are asking our customers to stay tuned for additional information and restrictions.”
The Truckee Donner PUD conservation department is available to help customers save water through their water-efficient toilet rebate/exchange, customer leak-repair rebate, free handouts of low-flow plumbing fixtures and hose-spray nozzles, as well as conservation garden concepts. There are many opportunities to save water, money and live more comfortably. Visit www.tdpud.org/departments/conservation for full program details. For additional information, call 530-582-3931 or visit the TDPUD’s conservation department at 11570 Donner Pass Road.
About Truckee Donner PUD:
The Truckee Donner PUD is a non-profit, publicly owned utility agency created in 1927 and overseen by a locally elected board of directors. Truckee Donner PUD provides the greater Truckee area with reliable and high quality water and power services while guiding the community to conserve resources. For general information, call 530-587-3896 or visit www.tdpud.org.
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