City of Oceanside Level 2 Drought Alert
August 8, 2014
The Oceanside City Council announced that Oceanside will move to a Level 2 Drought Alert. The Level 2 Drought Alert Restriction calls for mandatory water conservation measures by residents and businesses to prevent water waste and reduce water use by up to 20 percent. This is in response to California's water reserve concerns and the state regulations that require water suppliers to implement mandatory restrictions on water use. City staff is implementing a widespread messaging campaign focused on education and awareness. Those not following the restrictions will be made aware of the violation with a warning which will be accompanied by instruction on how to correct the issue. Repeated failure to correct the action will be subject to citation and possible fines.
The mandatory water use rules currently in effect:
• Only water outdoor landscaping on Tues., Thurs., and Sat. and for no more than 10 minutes per water station in the early morning or late evening.*
*Does not apply to systems using water efficient devices including weather-based controllers, drip/micro/irrigation systems or stream rotor sprinklers and does not apply to commercial growers or nurseries.
• Use a hand-held hose with a positive shut-off nozzle, or low-volume non-spray irrigation to water landscaped areas with no irrigation system.
• Sweep paved surfaces; do not wash down with a hose.
• Monitor inefficient landscape irrigation such as sprinkler runoff or overspray so it doesn’t occur.
• Sweep paved surfaces such as sidewalks or driveways; do not use a hose.
• Wash vehicles using a bucket and hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle (a professional car wash is preferred to keep pollutants out of storm drains).
• Repair all leaks within 72 hours of notification by the City of Oceanside.
• Stop operating ornamental fountains unless re-circulated water is used.
Hotels and Restaurants
• Serve and refill water in restaurants only upon request.
• Offer hotel guests the option of not laundering towels and linens daily.
For more information, residents and business can refer to the City of Oceanside’s Drought Response Resolution located here. To help the community reduce water use, the website has information about water saving programs and incentives for indoors and outdoors. Participating in water saving efforts will help the state during the water crisis and prepare us for a more sustainable future. The Mandatory Water Use Restrictions follow months of record-breaking high temperatures and three consecutive dry years.
( News Release )