Press Releases

2015 Drought Emergency Regulations Program

Scotts Valley Water District announces 2015 Drought Emegency Regulations Program.
The Program has four main components:

  1. Weekly Irrigation Policy
    All potable water customers are required to comply with the established irrigation schedule of even-ending street numbers watering on Saturdays and Tuesdays and odd-ending street numbers watering on Sundays and Wednesdays.
  2. Target Scorecard
    Establishes a district-wide goal of 75 gallons per person per day and creates a mechanism by which the customers can assess their household use half way through a billing period and make corrections in their consumption if necessary.
  3. Updated Rebate Program
    Update the rebate program by dedicating majority of the funding allocations and staff resources to the outdoor water efficiencies.
  4. Water Waste Watch
    Update District Policy on Water Waste to add new outdoor landscape requirements.

SVWD Announces Outdoor Irrigation Limitations Effective Immediately

The State of California has mandated that all water agencies serving water to more than 3,000 customers must limit outdoor irrgation of turf and ornamental landscapes to two days per week. This policy is effective April 10, 2015 and will expire on December 23, 2015.
District customers are required to comply with the following irrigation schedule:

  • Homes and businesses with street addresses ending in an EVEN number irrigate on Saturday and Tuesday.
  • All irrigation must occur before 10am and after 5pm.
     
  • Homes and businesses with street addresses ending in an ODD number irrigate on Sunday and Wednesday.
  • All irrigation must occur before 10am and after 5pm.

- These restrictions apply to spray and drip (and other low volume) irrigation when it delivers potable water for ornamental landscapes.
- The restrictions do not appy to edible gardens and to hand-held watering devices such as watering cans and hoses with a shut-off nozzle when used for potted plants in containers.
- The new restrictions do not apply to Recycled Water.  Irrigation with recycled water can done any day of the week but must occur before 10am and after 5pm.
- Failure to comply with these regulations is punishable by a fine up to five hundred dollars ($500) for each day in which the violation occur.

For information on ways to save water outdoors visit our Water-Wise Landscaping page