Public Notice: DECLARATION of Water Shortage Plan Phase III - (Resolution No. R2M15-12)
Public Notice: IMPLEMENTATION of Water Shortage Plan Phase III - English / Chinese / Spanish
Water Shortage Plan III (Plan III) Implemented - now in effect as of June 22, 2015:
All water customers in the City of Alhambra are asked to comply with the following mandatory rules described in the City’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan III:
- No customer of the Water Division shall use or allow the use of water from the City to hose or wash sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas or other paved surfaces.
- No customer of the Water Division shall use or allow the use of water from the City to fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains, ponds, lakes, and similar structures unless such structure is equipped with a water recycling system.
- No restaurant, hotels, cafe, cafeteria, or other public place where food is sold, served or offered for sale shall serve drinking water from the department unless at the request of its customers.
- No customer of the Water Division shall allow water from the City to leak from any facility on his premises or on premises under his control or fail to effect a timely repair of any such leak.
- No customer of the Water Division shall cause or allow the use of water from the City to run off any landscape areas into adjoining streets, sidewalks, parking lots or alleys due to incorrectly directed or maintained sprinklers or excessive watering.
- No customer of the Water Division shall use a hose to wash cars, boats, trailers, buses or other vehicles, or to wash building exteriors or other hard-surfaced areas without an operating shut-off valve.
- No customer of the Water Division shall use or allow the use of water from the Water Division for landscape in excess of two days per week. Landscape watering may only occur on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, and customers can select which two days to water from those three options.
- No customer of the Water Division shall use or allow the use of water for landscape watering between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- No customer of the Water Division shall use or allow the use of water from the City to refill a swimming pool, spa or hot tub emptied after the commencement of a water shortage period.
- No customer of the Water Division shall use or allow the use of water from the city to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after a measurable rainfall.
- No customer of the Water Division shall use or allow the use of water from the City of ornamental turf on public street medians.
- No customer of the Water Division shall use or allow the use of water from the City on landscapes outside of newly constructed homes and buildings in a manner inconsistent with regulations or other requirements established by the California Building Standards Commission.
- Operators of hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily. The hotel or motel shall prominently display notice of this option in each guestroom using clear and easily understood language.
What is Alhambra Doing to Promote Water Conservation?
The City of Alhambra has encouraged residents and businesses to conserve water on a voluntarily basis. Public education by the City of Alhambra Utilities Division and by its partner, the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, has promoted saving water through water saving tips and videos, water conservation pilot projects, bus shelter and newspaper ads, websites, community outreach and rebates on water-efficient equipment.
Some of the easiest ways to save water as identified on our website include:
- Fixing leaks indoors and outdoors
- Installing irrigation timers for outdoor watering
- Installing a shut-off valve on hoses
- Using a broom to clear debris from driveways and sidewalks
- Putting a cover on pools and spas
- Planting California Native Plants which use 1/7 the amount of water
- Installing water-efficient dish and clothes washing machines
- Taking shorter showers and turning the water off when brushing teeth or shaving
Long-term, we should support expansion of long-term water supply solutions such as recycled water, storm water capture and imported water. In the short-term, however, water conservation is the easiest, most efficient and least expensive means of fighting the drought and preserving our water supply. Every drop of water conserved saves money and energy. Every drop saved remains in our wells and does not need to be imported or recycled. About half of all drinking water in the San Gabriel Valley and Southern California is used for landscape irrigation, so residents and businesses can save the most by changing their outdoor watering habits and behavior.
How Can Residents and Employers Learn More About Water Conservation?
There is a lot of information available to inform you about the drought and how to save water. Some of the best sources of information include the following:
What is the City Doing at City Facilities to Save Water?
In addition to enforcing the new state requirements, the City is trying to set an example at its own facilities. We are turning water off at fountains, checking for leaks indoors and outdoors, making sure irrigation timers are functioning properly and more. We are partnering with the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and have planned or started a variety of new public education efforts including information mailed to customers, rebates on water-efficient washing machines, exchange programs for High Efficiency Toilets, installation of banners, signage and bus shelters, water saving videos on Channel 55, and water saving reminders at restaurants.
The City will also limit outdoor irrigation at city facilities, including the park system.
The current regulations imposed by the State will remain in effect for 270 days unless it is determined they are no longer necessary or may be renewed if the drought continues.
What Can Residents Do if they Observe Water Being Wasted?
Customers who notice situations where water is being wasted on private or City-owned property are urged to call the Utilities Division at 626-570-5061, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.