Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Continues Into Spring
Effective April 1, 2017, watering is restricted to three days a week.
Over the past several years, the community’s response and cooperation to our calls for water use reduction have been phenomenal! Water use was down 20% in the months after the Level 1 Water Supply Shortage declaration in 2014 and then reached 33% in 2015 in response to the Level 2 declaration. In 2015 alone, the community saved over 968 million gallons of water! Thank you to the Morgan Hill community for your significant water conservation efforts. You are making a difference!
The city's permanent Water Supply Shortage Ordinance No.2177 outlines a response plan for the city to use during droughts and other supply shortages when reductions greater than 10% are needed. As we enter the Spring, a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Condition remains in effect.
Level 1 Provisions
During a Level 1 condition, the following provisions apply:
- Limits on Watering Days: Watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water is limited to three days per week through October 31st as follows:
- Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays for odd numbered addresses and properties with no address
- Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays for even numbered addresses
- Watering limitations decrease further, to 1 day a week beginning in November.
- Obligation to Fix Leaks, Breaks or Malfunctions: All leaks, breaks or other malfunctions in the water user's plumbing or distribution system must be repaired within 72 hours of notification by the city unless other arrangements are made with the city.
- No Washing Down Hard or Paved Surfaces: Washing down hard or paved surfaces is prohibited except when necessary to alleviate safety or sanitary hazards. Washing down structures, fences, and hard surfaces expressly for the purposes of preparing a surface for the application of a surface coating is not prohibited provided it does not occur more than one time in any twelve (12) month period.
- Washing Vehicles: The washing of vehicles is allowed with the use of a hand-held bucket or similar container or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device.
- Limits on Watering Hours: Watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water is prohibited between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on any day, except by use of a hand-held bucket or similar container, a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device, or for very short periods of time for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system.
- Limit on Watering Duration: Watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water using a landscape irrigation system or a watering device that is not continuously attended is limited to no more than 15 minutes watering per day per station/valve/zone. This subsection does not apply to landscape irrigation stations/valves/zones that exclusively use drip type irrigation systems or high efficiency sprinkler nozzles that have a precipitation rate of less than one (1) inch per hour. However, at no time can any irrigation system be operated long enough to cause runoff.
- No Excessive Water Flow or Runoff: Watering or irrigating of any lawn, landscape or other vegetated area in a manner that causes or allows excessive water flow or runoff onto an adjoining sidewalk, driveway, street, alley, gutter or ditch is prohibited.
- Recirculating Water Required for Water Fountains and Decorative Water Features: Operating a water fountain or other decorative water feature that does not use recirculated water is prohibited.
- Limits on Washing Vehicles: Using water to wash or clean a vehicle, including but not limited to any automobile, truck, van, bus, boat or trailer, whether motorized or not is prohibited, except by use of a hand-held bucket or similar container or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device. This subsection does not apply to any commercial car washing facility.
- Drinking Water Served Upon Request Only: Eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to a restaurant, hotel, cafe, cafeteria, bar, or other public place where food or drinks are sold, served, or offered for sale, are prohibited from providing drinking water to any person unless expressly requested.
- Commercial Lodging Establishments Must Provide Guests Option to Decline Daily Linen Services: Hotels, motels and other commercial lodging establishments must provide customers the option of not having towels and linen laundered daily. Commercial lodging establishments must prominently display notice of this option in each bathroom using clear and easily understood language.
- Pool Covers: Constructing a pool without the inclusion of a pool cover is prohibited. All contracts for the construction of a new pool entered into after September 2, 2015 shall include the provision of a pool cover.