Stage 1 Water Restrictions in Effect May 1, 2013 - until conditions improve
The Santa Cruz City Council extended water restrictions beyond October 31st until water conditions improve. Thank you for your continued support in complying with restrictions and using water efficiently.
For questions please phone (831) 420-5230 or email the water conservation office.
2013 marked the second year in a row of below normal rainfall and runoff, in addition to an agreement to leave more water in our rivers to improve fish habitat. As a result, the Santa Cruz City Council declared a Stage 1 Water Shortage Alert. The goal is to reduce overall water use by five percent. This will help keep more water in our storage reservoir, Loch Lomond, in case of a third dry year. All customers are asked to conserve water where possible. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Mandatory Water Restrictions including Water Waste Prohibitions
1st offense: written notice and opportunity to correct the situation
2nd offense: $100 penalty
3rd offense: $250 penalty
4th offense: $500 penalty
Penalty amounts are tripled for customers using over 1 million gallons/year
Exceptions to Landscape Watering:
Drip irrigation systems, soaker hoses and watering cans may be used any time of the day. Professional gardeners may handwater any time of the day where no other option is feasible. Landscape contractors may make irrigation system repairs or adjustments any time of the day.
Exception to Washing Down Hard or Paved Surfaces:
Sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, and other paved surfaces may be washed down to alleviate immediate safety or sanitation hazards, or to prepare paved surfaces for sealing.
2013 Water Restrictions Summary Sheet
Water Shortage Contingency Plan
Santa Cruz Municipal Code 16.01 - Water Shortage Regulations and Restrictions
Santa Cruz Municipal Code 16.02 - Water Waste Regulations
Water Reduction Goals for 2013
| This is another low rainfall year. Please use water wisely.