At its Monday, April 14, board meeting, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors approved changes to its Drought Action Plan which included specific watering restrictions that will go into effect April 22. The district is currently in a Stage 2 Water Supply Warning in which the district has asked all customers to voluntarily reduce water usage by 30 percent.
The newly adopted mandatory outdoor irrigation water restriction schedule is being implemented due to the severity of the ongoing drought and the continued high usage of water by the district’s customers. Without significant conservation efforts, the district cannot meet its conservation goal of ensuring an adequate carryover of water supply to guard against another dry year in 2015.
Among other changes in the Drought Action Plan, new mandatory water restrictions are in place for Residential, Recycled, Commercial/Landscape (CII), Small Farm and Recreational Turf water customers. Exemptions are allowed for non-residential customers if a detailed conservation plan is submitted to the district that demonstrates a minimum 30 percent water savings over baseline use.
The watering restrictions are as follows:
• Outdoor irrigation is limited to the hours of 7 p.m. to 10 a.m.
• Irrigation systems must be turned off during rain events.
• Watering days are based on street addresses.
• Once-a-week watering is allowed from Nov. 16 to April 15. For customers with addresses ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8): Sunday only. For customers with addresses ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Saturday only.
• Twice-a-week watering is allowed from April 16 to June 15 and Sept. 16-Nov. 15. For customers with addresses ending in even numbers: Wednesday and Sunday. For customers with addresses ending in odd numbers: Tuesday and Saturday.
• Three-times-a-week watering is allowed from June 16 to Sept. 15. For customers with addresses ending in even numbers: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. For customers with addresses ending in odd numbers: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
• Agricultural metered irrigation customers who do not participate in the Irrigation Management Services program must submit a detailed conservation plan to the district that demonstrates minimum 30 percent water savings over baseline use.
At this time the district is not imposing drought rates to further incentivize conservation; however, if conservation does not significantly increase, the board will again consider imposing drought rates at its next regular board meeting on April 28.
For more drought information, customers can visit eid.org/drought and share this resource with their friends, family and neighbors. The page includes links to board materials and presentations, practical water efficiency tips and other important drought information for customers.