Why Is There A Water Conservation Ordinance?

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Presently we are in Stage 0

The Yorba Linda Water District (YLWD) Board voted unanimously to lift Stage 1 of the Water Conservation Ordinance following Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr’s rescinding of the drought state of emergency for most of California. The Governor’s latest executive order, B-40-17, ends the state of emergency in most areas, but maintains water reporting requirements for urban water users.

YLWD customers will no longer have specific restrictions such as watering schedules and refilling of residential swimming pools/spas. Customers will need to continue to comply with state-wide prohibitions on wasteful practices such as watering during or after rainfall, hosing off sidewalks and irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians.

To Report a Possible Violation

Call: (714)-701-3029 or click here.


What Does The Conservation Ordinance Cover?

The water conservation ordinance consists of permanent year-round restrictions, focused on the prevention of water waste, and four “Water Supply Shortage” stages. These stages would have increasing restrictions on water use in order to allow District to meet all health and safety guidelines in the face of water shortages. While the permanent restrictions would be in effect all the time, the District would change from stage to stage based on Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s (MWD) declared “water condition alert”.

conservation-ordinance-faucetThe ordinance contains a financial penalty structure similar to a code enforcement violation, for the waste of water. The fines that are collected will be used in furthering the District’s water conservation programs and held in reserve to offset any penalties incurred from MWD if the District exceeds its allowed allocation level. Without this ordinance, these penalties would be borne by all customers- conserving or not. All violations must be personally viewed by District personnel.

Examples of the permanent restrictions include:

  • No irrigation between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. ***
  • Limiting of irrigation to fifteen (15) minutes per station per day ***
  • No irrigation when it is raining
  • No runoff
  • No washing down of hard or paved surfaces

*** Does not apply to irrigation systems that use drip-irrigation and weather-based controllers or stream rotor sprinklers that meet a 70% efficiency standard.

Water Supply Shortage Stages

These stages are based upon the MWD “Water Supply Alert” stages. As the wholesaler of imported water, they not only directly affect 50% of YLWD’s water supply, but as they provide “replenishment water” to the Orange County Ground basin, MWD Alert stages also affect the groundwater half of YLWD’s water supply.

As MWD changes Alert stages, the Yorba Linda Water District will automatically change its Water Supply Shortage Stage. The YLWD Board of Directors may also change the Stage in the event of a local supply restriction that may or may not cause MWD to change its Alert stage. All Stages include the Permanent Water Restrictions.

Stage 0:

  • No specific restrictions
  • PERMANENT RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT

Stage 1:

  • Minimum Water Shortage- Reduce Usage by up to 10%
  • Irrigation is limited to 3 times a week year-round.
  1. Odd-numbered billing addresses: M-W-F
  2. Even-numbered billing addresses: T-Th-Sat
  3. NO IRRIGATION ON SUNDAY
  4. Limiting of irrigation to fifteen (15) minutes per station per day

Stage 2:

  1. Moderate Water Shortage- Reduce Usage by 10%-20%
  2. Irrigation is limited to 3 times a week April 1st- October 31st
  3. Limiting of irrigation to fifteen (15) minutes per station per day
  • Odd-numbered billing addresses: M-W-F
  • Even-numbered billing addresses: T-Th-Sat
  • NO IRRIGATION ON SUNDAY
  • Irrigation is limited to 2 times a week November 1st- March 31st
  • Odd-numbered billing addresses: Mon & Fri
  • Even-numbered billing addresses: Tue & Sat
  • NO IRRIGATION ON SUNDAY
  • Leaks must be corrected within 2 days of receiving notice from the District

Stage 3:

  • Severe Water Shortage- Reduce Usage by 20%-35%
  • Irrigation is limited to 2 times a week April 1st- October 31st ***
  • Limiting of irrigation to fifteen (15) minutes per station per day
  1. Odd-numbered billing addresses: Mon & Fri
  2. Even-numbered billing addresses: Tue & Sat
  • Irrigation is limited to 1 times a week November 1st- March 31st ***
  1. Odd-numbered billing addresses: Monday
  2. Even-numbered billing addresses: Saturday
  • Re-filling of more than 1 foot, and initial filling of residential swimming pools/spas is prohibited

Stage 4:

  • Critical Water Shortage- Reduce Usage by 40% or greater
  • Irrigation is prohibited ***
  • Leaks must be corrected within 1 day of receiving notice from the District.
  • No new water service will be provided and no new temporary
    meters or permanent meters will be provided, except as is necessary to
    protect the public health, safety, and welfare.

*** Does not apply to irrigation systems that use drip-irrigation and weather-based controllers or stream rotor sprinklers that meet a 70% efficiency standard.

Conservation Ordinance Waiver

Pursuant to Section 6 of the ordinance, a waiver form (EXHIBIT A) . can be granted or conditionally granted under the following conditions:

  • Due to unique circumstances a specific requirement would result in undue hardship
  • The hardship is disproportionate in impact to other water users
  • The waiver does not constitute a grant of special privileges
  • The granting of the waiver is not detrimental to other properties or to the general welfare of the public
  • The circumstances for the waiver are not common, recurrent or general in nature
  • Conservation is currently being accomplished through previous installation of water saving features
  • Applies to the property from the date of approval ONLY, any previous violations and/or subsequent penalties are FINAL.

Applying for a Waiver

  • Download Exhibit A here.
  • Pay $25 non-refundable processing fee
  • Attach supporting documentation
  • A written statement, photos, maps, drawings, etc as to why the variance should be granted.
  • Appropriate supporting documentation accounts for 50% of the decision in granting or conditionally granting a waiver
  • Mail to:

Conservation Ordinance Waiver
Yorba Linda Water District
1717 E. Miraloma Avenue
Placentia, CA 92870

Approval Authority

  • General Manager’s Designee will act upon a completed application within 7 calendar days of receipt and may approve, conditionally approve, or deny an application.
  • The decision of the Designee can be appealed to the General Manager within 7 calendar days of the denied waiver with a completed re-application of the waiver.
  • The General Manager will act upon the 2nd waiver application within 30 calendar days.

conservation-ordinance-glassConservation Ordinance Violations

All violations must be personally observed by District employees. The fines for violations will be collected on the following water bill. Failure to pay a fine amount will be treated as nonpayment of the water bill and service may be terminated. In the event that the individual responsible for the payment of the water bill is not the violator of the ordinance, notification of penalties will go to both the violation address and the billing address on file. Payment of the bill will be the final responsibility of the individual named on the account.

Violations

  • First Violation: Warning
  • Second Violation: $100 fine
  • Third Violation: $250 fine
  • Fourth & Subsequent Violations: $500 fine
  1. A water flow restrictor and/or disconnection of service may be imposed at the discretion of the General Manager for willful violations of the ordinance
  2. Any fees associated with the restrictor and/or disconnection of service is also the full responsibility of the customer

 

Violation Disputes

Customers wishing to protest the Notice of Violation must file a written Notice of Review (Exhibit I) with the District no later than fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of notice. Any Notice of Violation not timely protested will be final. Upon receipt of a timely protest, the protest will be reviewed by the General Manager, with a Notice of Decision (Exhibit J) sent to the customer by mail within thirty (30) days of appeal. The District will only grant relief if the violation claimed is not in violation of the provisions of the Ordinance, the claim of violation is factually incorrect, or the District finds in its discretion that a violation did not occur.

Conservation Ordinance Violation Dispute
Yorba Linda Water District
1717 E. Miraloma Avenue
Placentia, CA 92870