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Requirements of the City of Lodi Water Conservation Ordinance
Water waste includes but is not limited to:
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 lawns, flower beds, landscaping, ornamental plants and gardens between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from May 1 through September 30 each year.(WATERING BETWEEN THOSE HOURS IS NOT ALLOWED)
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 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/landscapes, specially 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 wasting.
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.
3rd Water Waste*- City will give written notice, and a $35 charge will be added to the next utility bill.
4th Water Waste*- City will give written notice, and a $75 charge will be added to the next utility bill.
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
Water saving tips and other Water Conservation Program information:
1. Before washing down paved areas for public health or safety (see #4 above) or for any special circumstances call the Water Conservation Office at 333-6829 for prior approval.
2. If you need extra watering due to fertilizer application or for new turf/seeding, please first notify the Water Conservation Office at 333-6829.
3. For lawns with a run-off problem, apply water for a short period of time and then allow enough time for it to soak in before turning the water back on, for example; 5 minutes on, 20 minutes off, 5 minutes on. This will increase the amount of water being absorbed and decrease the amount of water running into the gutter. Consult landscapers/gardeners/nurseries for improving your lawns water absorbing capacity and for other ideas.
4. During and following rain it is not necessary to water lawns and landscaping, and normally from November 1 through February 28, one watering per week or less is more than enough.
5. Regularly replace your back-up batteries in your automatic sprinkler controls to prevent excess watering due to power failures or interruptions.
If you have any questions, need to discuss any violations, would like further information concerning water conservation, or to report water waste, please email us (photos are welcome) or call the Water Conservation Office at 333-6829.