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July, 2022 - Issue #212

California is moving into summer facing an intense multi-year drought with no end in sight. Our current water-saving efforts are falling short of our conservation goals. In fact, this drought is so severe that SCV Water is dipping into its banked water supplies. To ensure there is enough water to meet the current and future needs of the community, SCV Water has moved to Stage 2 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan and Water Conservation and Water Supply Shortage Ordinance. Customers are requested to voluntarily reduce water use by up to 20 percent.
This summer, make sure that you are following SCV Water's restrictions to eliminate water waste.

WATERING REQUIREMENTS EFFECTIVE WITH STAGE 2 INCLUDE:
Watering no more than three days per week
Odd addresses are Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Even addresses are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
No watering on Saturdays
Limit watering station run times to a maximum of two five-minute cycles per station, per watering day, for 10 minutes maximum
Watering times of day, including morning and evening watering, are midnight to 9 a.m. and/or 8 p.m. to midnight, May through October

ADDITIONAL PROHIBITED WATER WASTE ACTIONS:
Water running off property, like onto sidewalks, roads, parking lots, etc.
Washing vehicles with a hose not equipped with a shut-off nozzle
Using potable water to wash down driveways and sidewalks
Using outdoor irrigation during, and 48 hours following, measurable rain
Irrigating public turf medians with potable water
There are some exemptions to the watering restrictions, including water customers who have drip irrigation and high-efficiency water nozzles, as well as hand watering of established trees or fruits and vegetables.
More than 60 percent of water used at the average SCV Water household goes outdoors. Of that, nearly 50 percent is often wasted. Here are some quick tips to ensure you are saving outdoors:
Adjust irrigation timers to eliminate runoff
Check for leaks - sprinklers and pipes can break
Adjust your sprinklers to water plants, not the pavement
Convert lawns to water-wise landscaping
Convert sprinklers to drip irrigation for shrubs and plants
Install high-efficiency sprinkler nozzles and pressure regulating devices
Mulch around plants
Customers can also take advantage of several rebates to update their yards and irrigate landscaping more effectively:
Lawn Replacement Program: Our program offers $3 per square foot of living grass removed, and more flexibility to mix, match and stack additional incentives to enhance your project.
Irrigation Control: Get rebates for smart irrigation controllers and soil moisture sensors.
Irrigation Efficiency: Find irrigation and pressure regulation incentives as well as rain barrel and pool cover rebates.

Visit DroughtReadySCV.com to find water-saving resources, tips for caring for your trees and vegetable garden during the drought and WATER-SAVING IDEAS for your business and home. For rebate information, visit Conserve.yourSCVwater.com.
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