Water Conservation

In 2000, 5.449 billion gallons of water were pumped to meet Lodi's water demands. This is 17% less water use per person than in 1986, and approximately the same when compared to 1999. The commitment of the citizens of Lodi to conserving water also helps conserve the electrical energy needed to pump the water to homes and businesses.

To further conserve water, electrical energy, and wastewater treatment plant capacity, the City is planning to institute a low-flow toilet retrofit rebate program. Look for further information sometime after July 2001.

Your diligent water conservation practices, as in the past, are needed in 2001. A report calculated dollar savings from water conservation to be far above the cost of the Water Conservation Program! Your water conservation efforts have also averted millions of dollars in capital costs, helping water rates stay as low as possible. The millions of dollars in capital cost savings can easily be lost if water conservation is not continued.

Peak Water Demands in Lodi

In the summers of 1995 and 1996 the City faced possible shortages of well capacity. Thanks in a big part to your water conservation efforts, there was never a need to turn on emergency standby wells. The 1-million-gallon water storage tank and pumping station was put in service in 1997 and has the peak pumping capacity of three wells. This does not mean that an unusually high water demand and/or a break down of well equipment would not cause water demand problems in the future. It is still prudent at this time for everyone to conserve water and help shave peak water demands, this should become a normal part of our lifestyle.

Peak water demands for the City of Lodi water system occur twice daily, between 6 & 9 a.m. and again between 7 & 10 p.m., during the months of June, July, August, and September.

How Can You Help?

Some water uses during peak hours can be shifted to non-peak hours, such as:

Automatic timers for lawn/landscaping watering could be set to end before 6 a.m., or start after 10 p.m.

Do laundry after 9 a.m. or before 7 p.m.

Shower, wash the car, run the dishwashing, etc., during non-peak hours.

Some commercial/industrial water uses could be changed to non-peak hours.

There are probably other good ideas you can come up with and we’d like to hear them, call us at the number below. As a bonus, simple changes in water use patterns can save everyone $$$.

It costs up to $500,000 to site, drill, develop, equip, and connect a new well to the drinking water system. If we can keep down our peak water demands in Lodi, costs of some future wells can be avoided.

Please see the summary of water conservation regulations that follow. If you have any questions on water conservation, our education program, or for further information on reducing peak demands, please contact the Water Conservation Coordinator Dan Straight at (209) 333-6829.

Thank you for past and continued cooperation.



City of Lodi
Water Conservation Ordinance Summary

Ordinance Requirements - Water waste includes but is not limited to the following:

1. Allowing a controllable leak of water to go unrepaired.

2. Watering lawns, flower beds, landscaping, ornamental plants or gardens except on watering days as follows:

Odd-numbered addresses on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; Even-numbered addresses on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. (WATERING IS NOT ALLOWED ON MONDAYS)

3. Watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from May 1 through September 30 each year. (You may NOT water during these high evaporation times.)

4. Washing down sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios, other paved areas or buildings.

5. Washing any motor vehicle, trailer, boat, moveable equipment except with a bucket. A hose (see # 6 below) shall be used for rinsing only and for not more than three (3) minutes.

6. Use of a hose without a positive shut off nozzle. (NO OPEN HOSES)

7. Allowing excess water to flow into a gutter or any drainage area for longer than three (3) minutes.

8. Overwatering lawns or landscapes from November 1 through February 28, or during and immediately after a rain.

Water Wasting Rates and Enforcement - Education and cooperation is our first goal, but the following enforcement procedures and charges will be followed for water waste.

-1st Water Waste - City will leave an information sheet describing the waste so that it may be corrected.

-2nd Water Waste*- City will give written notice requiring corrective action.

* Within 12 months of a 1st Water Waste

-3rd Water Waste*- City will give written notice, and a $35 charge will be added to the next utility bill. * Within 12 months of a 2nd Water Waste

-4th Water Waste*- City will give written notice, and a $75 charge will be added to the next utility bill. * Within 12 months of a 3rd Water Waste

-5th and Subsequent Water Wastes*- City will give written notice, and a $150 charge will be added to the next utility bill AND the City may require a water meter and/or flow restrictor to be installed at the waster's expense.

* Within 12 months of the previous Water Waste.

If you have any questions, would like further information concerning water conservation, or to report water waste, please call the Water Conservation Office at 333-6829.