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NEW Restrictions on Outdoor Irrigation! Press Release

Post Date:05/21/2015

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Media Contact: Steven Poncelet
Truckee Donner PUD


For Immediate Release

California Adopts Updated Emergency Drought Regulations

TDPUD Customers Can Only Irrigate on Tuesdays and Fridays

Truckee, Calif. (May 21, 2015) – The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) recently adopted updated, more stringent emergency drought regulations in response to Governor Brown’s executive order requiring an overall state-wide 25 percent reduction in water production. Compliance is mandatory and the new restrictions take effect June 1, 2015 and may last through February 2016.


Truckee Donner Public Utility District (Truckee Donner PUD), at the May 20 board meeting, took action to implement stage four of their water shortage contingency plan to achieve a 28 percent reduction in water production established by the SWRCB. Effective June 1, outdoor irrigation with potable water shall be restricted to two days per week and only on Tuesdays and Fridays. Truckee Donner PUD customers are also required to fix leaks in their plumbing and irrigation systems within 10-days notice of the leak.


Access to full details on the current and new restrictions, along with additional SWRCB prohibitions against wasting water, can be found on the Truckee Donner PUD’s homepage ( Followers on Truckee Donner PUD’s Facebook/Twitter will be notified whenever new information is posted regarding the emergency drought regulations. Compliance is mandatory and there are provisions for penalties and fines.


“California is experiencing an extended drought and everyone is being forced to do their part to conserve water,” said Steven Poncelet, Truckee Donner PUD public information & conservation manager. “It will take the full community’s support to achieve the 28 percent target and we are here to help people conserve water.”


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 home page (click on drought link) or delivered to Truckee Donner PUD at 11570 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, Calif. 96161.


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 for full program details. For additional information, call 530-582-3931 or visit the Truckee Donner PUD’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

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