It’s Official – San Carlos Drought Declaration – Effective 5/15/2015

It’s Official – San Carlos Drought Declaration – Effective 5/15/2015

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As some of you San Carlos residence know – last year the City Council passed Ordinance 1479, which gave the City tools for the enforcement of water restrictions if/when aΒ declaration of drought emergency is declared.Β This means that β€œnon-essential” uses of water in San Carlos would become unlawful during the declaration period, and financial penalties would be enforced by the City.

 

On Monday, February 9, 2015, the City Council voted to declare a state of drought emergency in San Carlos.Β  The decision came down even though we saw ampleΒ rain in December 2014, and most recently just this past week.Β  But January 2015 was the driest and hottest year the Bay Area has ever recorded, and marks the fourth consecutive year of drought in California. According to the news release, local water storage is still only 58% of its maximum capacity.

 

The Penalty for Water Waste.

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If you are caught wasting water after the commencement of the declaration period, which will take effect on 5/15/2015, it’s going to cost you some money. San Carlos Municipal Code Chapter 1.20 outlines the penalties for violations of Ordinance 1479:

  • $100 for the first violation;
  • $200 for the second violation within the same year;
  • $500 for each additional violation within the same year;
  • For each day a violator continues the unlawful action, he or she is guilty of a separate offense.

Curious about what you can and cannot do with water this summer?Β  You canΒ read the ordinance and see a complete list of all nonessential water uses by clicking the following link:Β  San Carlos Ordinance 1479.

 

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Law Requiring Water-Conserving Plumbing Fixtures is in Effect

Law Requiring Water-Conserving Plumbing Fixtures is in Effect

Just a re-reminder, state law calling for the replacement of older plumbing fixtures with water-conserving ones went into effect on January 1 of 2014. The law says that when improving a property (based on certain standards and thresholds), new water-conserving toilets, showerheads, faucets and urinals must be installed before the local building department will issue a certificate of final completion and occupancy. The plumbing fixtures that will need to be replaced are: any toilet manufactured to use more than 1.6 gallons per flush; any showerhead manufactured to have a flow capacity of more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute; any interior faucet that emits more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute and any urinal manufactured to use more than one gallon of water per flush. Homeowners with questions about their individual fixtures are urged to contact their city or county building department.

 

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