Bishop and Mammoth water restrictions

Reminder of Local Water Restrictions

Wednesday the Governor announced the first ever statewide mandatory water reductions.  Two local municipalities, The City of Bishop and the Mammoth Community Water District have water restrictions in place.  The MCWD went to “Level 2” restrictions back on March 9th while the city of Bishop’s restrictions went into effect April 1st.

From the City of Bishop

Bishop Continues State Water Conservation Mandates
Starting again on 1 April, outdoor irrigation in the City of Bishop will only be allowed between the hours of 5 pm and 9 am. This state-mandated restriction had been relaxed during the cold winter weather because of safety concerns related to freezing. Because of the drought, the State of California required that the City of Bishop implement water conservation measures last summer. The measures are intended to achieve the state-required 20% reduction in water use by city water customers. The city
had to implement the measures to avoid $10,000 per day fines. The city’s state-mandated water conservation measures are:

No outdoor irrigation except between 5 pm and 9 am.

No irrigation of outdoor landscaping so that water runs off property.

No washing vehicles unless hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.

No washing driveways, sidewalks, and parking areas.

No decorative water features unless there is recirculation.

No water waste caused by easily correctable leaks, breaks, or malfunctions.

No use of potable water for construction purposes.

No hydrant flushing except when required for public health and safety.

The city may allow exceptions to some of these measures in some cases. The city has a standing water conservation incentive program available to help its water customers save water. The program provides free hose nozzles, hose timers, and irrigation system timers and provides rebates for some sprinkler systems and water conserving appliances. The incentives are available only to water customers of the City of Bishop and are limited to one per customer account. Also, quantities of the free items are limited. The free hose nozzles, hose timers, and irrigation system timers are available at the City of Bishop Public Works Office. To receive these items, come in, fill out an application, and pick one up while supplies last. Rebates are available for installing water saving sprinkler systems and for eligible
upgrades to clothes washers, dish washers, and toilets. To receive a rebate, fill out an application, have your old and new item verified by city staff, and get a check. More information and applications are available on the city website or from City of Bishop Public Works. Also remember that landscaping needs less water now than in the heat of the summer. Taylor your watering to the needs of t
he plants and lawn to avoid over watering. Saving water saves money, reduces water rates,
protects groundwater, is the right thing to do, and is now required by the state. Contact the City of Bishop Department of Public Works at 873-8458 for more information on water conservation and the City’s water system.

Level 2 Restrictions for the MCWD.

2015 Irrigation Regulations Currently in Effect:
Even numbered addresses irrigate on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Odd numbered addresses irrigate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
No outdoor watering, with irrigation system or hand held hose, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8p.m. No variances will be granted for new lawns or for rehabilitation of more than 5% of existing turf. All hoses must be equipped with a shutoff device and hose-end sprinklers must be connected to a timer. Overfilling of swimming pools and spas is prohibited.  Water may not pool, pond, or mist off of impervious areas.

Irrigation
MAWA accounts may not exceed 150% of the District’s MAWA.
Washing of hard surfaces with District supplied water is prohibited unless for safety or health reasons.  All leaks must be repaired within 3 days after notification from the District. All water for construction is limited to reclaimed water.  Please Volunteer to Reduce Your Water Demand by 20%:
Check your water bill to see how much water you use each month. Multiply the amount by 0.20. The result is how many gallons you would need to save to achieve a 20% monthly savings.
Outdoors: Reduce irrigation run times by 2 minutes per cycle. Significant savings depending on the size of your landscape. Make sure your sprinklers are not misting by reducing the water pressure.
We offer rebates for pressure reducing valves. Can increase sprinkler efficiency by 30%.   Lose the lawn. Replace with low water use plants. Saves up to 50% of your summer water use.
Indoors:
Identify and fix leaks. Ask us how to check for a leaky toilet. Saves up to 30-50 gallons per person per day.  Install water efficient appliances and fixtures; check out our rebate program. New washers can save 15-45 gallons per load.
Reduce your shower time and turn off the water to lather. Save up to 12 gallons per shower. Run the clothes washer and dishwasher with only full loads. Saves 15-45 gallons per load.

cover photo by Gary Young

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