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State Adopts Emergency Drought Regulations

Truckee Donner PUD Takes Steps to Comply

Post Date:08/12/2014 9:00 AM

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Media Contact: Steven Poncelet
Truckee Donner PUD


For Immediate Release

California State Regulators Adopt Emergency Drought Regulations

Truckee Donner PUD Takes Steps to Comply

Truckee, Calif. (August 13, 2014) – The Truckee Donner Public Utility District, at a special board meeting on August 12th, took action to implement the states mandatory drought regulations.  The board’s action authorized the general manager to implement stage 2 of the Truckee Donner PUD’s water shortage contingency plan.  The end result is that customers must now limit irrigation with potable water of ornamental landscapes and turf to 2-days per week.

The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) adopted emergency drought regulations at their July 15, 2014 meeting in response to California’s on-going drought.  This state-wide action was prompted by areas of California that are experiencing severe water supply shortages.  The emergency regulation took effect on July 29, 2014 and include provisions against wasting water that apply to all Californians along with the restrictions on outdoor irrigation.  Compliance is mandatory and there are provisions for penalties and fines.

 “California is in the third year of drought and the state has taken action to enact state-wide drought regulations.” said Tony Laliotis, Truckee Donner PUD board president, “We are committed to help our customers understand the regulations, comply, and do our part to help conserve water.”

The key impacts to Truckee Donner PUD customers from the state’s emergency drought regulations include:

  • Restriction on the irrigation with potable water of ornamental landscapes and turf to 2-days per week; and

  • Prohibitions, punishable by a fine of up to $500 for each day in which the violations occurs, against:

    • The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures;

    • The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use;

    • The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks; and

    • The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature except where the water is part of a recirculating system.


To help with enforcement of drought regulations, the Truckee Donner PUD has established a formal complaint procedure and staff will investigate complaints and take action where appropriate.  Complaints must be in writing and can be filed at home page (click on Forms button).

“The Truckee Donner PUD has been working hard to reduce water production and help our customers save water during the drought.” said Michael Holley, TDPUD general manager, “Water production is down over 20% in the last five years and, although we are not experiencing a water shortage, the State has mandated that we impose restrictions.”

Information on the emergency drought regulations or to file a complaint for violations can be found at (see Latest News section or Forms button).  For additional information, call 530-582-3931 or visit the TDPUD’s conservation department at 11570 Donner Pass Road.

About Truckee Donner PUD:

The TDPUD is a non-profit, publicly owned utility agency created in 1927 and overseen by a locally elected board of directors. TDPUD provides the greater Truckee area with reliable and high quality water and power services while guiding the community to conserve resources. For more information about the TDPUD, call 530-587-3896 or visit

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