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Golden State Water Activates Stage 1 of Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing Filing

New outdoor irrigation restrictions in effect for all customers, beginning July 1

Golden State Water Company has activated Stage 1 of its Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing filing (Schedule 14.1) for all water systems, following approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This action adds new, more-specific outdoor irrigation restrictions for all customers, effective July 1.

The Stage 1 restrictions assign two outdoor irrigation days as well as times when outdoor watering is permitted for each water system. Failure to comply with restrictions could result in a written warning, installation of a flow restrictor for a minimum of seven days (fees for installation/removal) or termination of water service. Restrictions do not apply for trees or edible vegetation watered solely by drip or microspray systems.

Please select your community from the dropdown menu below to view the outdoor irrigation days and times for your area.

Click here to visit our Drought Page, which includes additional information about the Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing filing and statewide water restrictions.

“Given the severe drought in California, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has assigned reduction mandates in an effort to reduce statewide water use,” said Toby Moore, Water Resources Manager and Chief Hydrogeologist for Golden State Water. “Regulated utilities like Golden State Water are required to file Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing plans that outline restrictions, water allocations and enforcement measures to help the communities we serve achieve the state’s reduction mandates.

“Stage 1 activation should not significantly impact customers, given that outdoor irrigation was already limited to two days each week, per the current level of our Water Shortage Contingency Plan. This step simply adds enforcement options and assigns which days and times customers may water outdoors.”

Because the majority of California’s residential water use is for outdoor irrigation, the Stage 1 restrictions should help customers achieve the state-mandated water reduction targets. Progression to additional Stages or a reduction in the number of watering days would only be necessary if a community falls short of reaching the state’s conservation goals or if a water shortage emergency warrants the action.

The State Water Board adopted emergency regulations assigning water-use reduction mandates ranging from 4-36 percent, compared to 2013 usage, to water systems throughout the state. Those regulations were adopted on May 5, 2015, and reduction mandates took effect on June 1, 2015.

On June 1, 2015, Golden State Water filed its Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing plans for all water systems, and on June 30, 2015, the CPUC approved the activation of Stage 1 in all areas.

For additional information about the drought, water restrictions and water-use efficiency rebates and programs available to customers, please click here or call our 24-hour Customer Service Center at 800.999.4033. Please follow @GoldenStateH2O on Twitter for real-time information about the drought and their water service.