Drought Restriction Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ'S)

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What days of the week can I water?
Tuesday and Friday ONLY with potable water.

Are there time limits for the new 2-Day restriction on outdoor irrigation?
The two day restriction is limited to Tuesdays and Fridays only from midnight to midnight.  There are no time restrictions on watering during those hours. 

When do the new 2-day restrictions on outdoor irrigation take place?
June 1, 2015.  The new 2-day restriction on outdoor irrigation was necessary due to Governor Brown’s last drought executive order requiring an overall state-wide reduction in water production of 25% (as compared to 2013 production).  The new California State Water Resources Control Board emergency drought regulations were adopted May 5, 2015 and take effect June 1, 2015 but will expire in 270-days by law.

Does the Tuesday and Friday irrigation restriction apply to drip systems or hand watering?
Plant containers, trees, shrubs, ground cover and vegetable gardens may be watered as needed when using automatic drip irrigation or hand watering.

Does the Tuesday and Friday irrigation restriction apply to new landscaping?  Do I have a grace period to complete the installation?
There are no provisions in the Truckee Donner PUD’s ordinance nor the State of California regulations for a grace period for new sod or landscaping. (see above answer on hand watering)    

Are vegetable gardens exempt from the 2-day per week irrigation restriction?
Vegetable gardens are exempt.  The 2-day irrigation restriction only applies to ornamental landscapes and turf.  

What is ‘Measureable’ precipitation?
The State of California prohibitions against the waste of water include no outdoor irrigation during and 48-hours after measureable precipitation.  The Truckee Donner PUD has defined ‘measureable’ precipitation to be ¼” (one-quarter inch) in a 24-hour period.  Given Truckee’s well-known micro-climates, it is impossible for the Truckee Donner PUD to know the exact amount of precipitation on a given landscape and it is the customer's responsibility to measure precipitation at their home or business.  Truckee Donner PUD’s Conservation Department is giving away free rain-gauges that you can use to measure precipitation.



What is Potable Water?
Potable water, as related to the prohibitions of waste that apply to all Californians, is water used for domestic purposes that is not a dedicated irrigation well.  Potable water as used for restrictions on irrigation to Tuesday and Friday is treated water served by the Truckee Donner PUD to our customers.

How did Truckee Donner PUD end with a 28% reduction target?
Governor Brown’s last drought executive order requiring an overall state-wide reduction in water production of 25% (as compared to 2013 production) also required that higher users do ‘proportionally’ more.  The California State Water Resources Control Board chose to use Residential Gallons per Capita per Day (RGPCD) regulatory reporting data to assign higher or lower targets.  RGPCD, simply put, is population divided by water production.  RGPCD is a problematic metric for the Truckee Donner PUD (and many of the other local water agencies) as RGPCD is highly influenced by weather, economy, and transient population (i.e. visitors and 2nd-home owners).  Truckee Donner PUD was originally placed in a 36% reduction target but, after providing multiple official comment letters and direct communication with the regulators, the Truckee Donner PUD was given the 28% target. 

I am on a private well, do the drought regulations apply to me?
The restrictions against waste apply to all Californians.  The Tuesday and Friday restriction on irrigation only applies to potable water delivered by the Truckee Donner PUD (i.e. ALL Truckee Donner PUD residential and MOST commercial water customers.)

On a commercial water account is the owner of the property responsible for making sure each of the units in the complex abide by regulations?
The restrictions against waste apply to all Californians.  The Truckee Donner PUD account holder is responsible for compliance with the Tuesday and Friday restriction on irrigation.

Are there any restrictions on pressure washing of homes or structures in preparation for staining or painting?
No.  There is a prohibition against washing of driveways and sidewalks but this does not include structures.

I think that the new restrictions are unreasonable or would create an undue hardship for me.  What can I do?

Compliance with the State of California emergency drought regulations are mandatory and there are provisions for penalties and fines.  The provisions against waste that apply to all Californians are State of California regulations and there were no provisions for unreasonableness or hardship.  The Tuesday and Friday restriction on irrigation with potable water of ornamental landscapes and turf does have a provision to petition the Truckee Donner PUD’s General Manager for unreasonableness or undue hardship but the petition must be compelling and the situation must be somewhat unique and unavoidable.  If a customer feels that complying with the Truckee Donner PUD’s restrictions on outdoor irrigation creates a hardship, they should write a letter or email to the Truckee Donner PUD (addressed to stevenponcelet@tdpud.org or Steven Poncelet, Attention: Hardship Petition, 11570 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA  96161) which should address the following: 

  1.  Identify the hardship.

  2. Provide an alternative to the Tuesday and Friday only restriction that would, at a minimum, meet the intent of a 2-day restriction.

  3. Indicate the time frame over which this hardship petition is requested.

I believe that someone is violating the State emergency drought regulations.  What can I do?
Truckee Donner PUD encourages people to work together to raise awareness of the new regulations and to help each other comply.  If you want to file a formal complaint, visit www.tdpud.org (Drought link or Forms button on the homepage).  Complaints must be in writing and anonymous complaints will not be accepted.  Alleged violations will be investigated and violations, if not corrected, may be subject to penalties and fines.




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