Good news from the City of Tehachapi — water use is going down.
In a new release issued Wednesday afternoon, May 20, the city noted that it has implemented policies to do it's part to help with the state’s ongoing efforts to regulate and reduce water consumption.
According to the latest data analyzed by city staff, water production in April 2015 was down 23 percent when compared to April 2013, the year the state is using as a base for measuring reduction.
According to Public Works Director Jon Curry, a large percentage of the decrease can be attributed to reduced watering in city parks and landscaped areas, and other large private areas of landscaping. Outdoor irrigation is typically the largest consumer of water in urbanized areas as evidenced by the fact that city water usage is nearly 70 percent less in the winter months than during the summer.
On April 20, the Tehachapi City Council adopted the City’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan update that stipulates water usage restrictions in accordance with the most recent state mandates for urban potable water users. Agricultural users are under different state curtailment rules not administered by the City of Tehachapi.
City staff members are hopeful that private water user reductions, combined with the city’s ongoing efforts, will help the city reach its state mandated 28 percent reduction goal.
“The great thing is that even with the drought, Tehachapi’s water situation is still good,” said Assistant City Manager Chris Kirk. “With groundwater management policies being properly administered by Tehachapi Cummings County Water District for the last several decades, and the other responsible water agencies here in Tehachapi, our water supply is healthier than many other communities.”
Even with groundwater levels in good shape, city officials know that with a statewide issue such as this, everyone still has to do their part, Kirk said. Individuals or businesses who are not complying with the restrictions in effect will receive a warning from the city with the opportunity to comply. Those choosing not to comply may be subject to further administrative penalties.
Questions regarding water use restrictions can be directed to City Hall a 822-2200.
For all potable water users in the City of Tehachapi, the following restrictions are currently in effect:
1. No outdoor irrigation shall be permitted during and 48 hours after a measurable rainfall event. Check the City of Tehachapi website at www.tehachapicityhall.com and look for the water conservation button on the bottom right hand of the homepage. If the button is red, there will be no watering allowed. If it is green, the water restrictions below are in place.
2. Odd/Even irrigation scheduling. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: addresses ending in odd numbers. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: addresses ending in even numbers. Irrigation of any type is prohibited on Sundays. The only exception shall be areas irrigated with non-potable water.
3. Any single irrigation station may not run longer than ten minutes per cycle.
4. Outdoor irrigation of turf and ornamental landscaping shall be prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.
5. Repair of any and all observable leaks of water on residents’ premises within twenty-four hours of notification to customer.
6. No hosing down of non-landscaped or hardscape areas.
7. Construction water shall be prohibited during a Stage 2 Alert Condition.
8. The washing of boats, vehicles or mobile equipment shall only be allowed in car washes or by using a bucket and hose with an automatic shut off nozzle for rinsing.
9. The use of water in ornamental fountains or water features shall only be permitted if the water is recirculated.
10. The City Manager will have the right to reduce the amount of water used in irrigating any park site, greenbelt or open areas within the City limits.
11. Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers on request.
12. Operators of hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily and prominently display notice of this option.
13. Other restrictions may be imposed if deemed necessary by the City manager and/or City Council.