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Stage 3 Water Emergency in Lodi declared May 1, 2015

Read more about water-use restrictions now in effect

Landscape watering will be limited to two days per week effective immediately, under a Stage 3 Water Emergency declaration by Lodi Public Works Director Wally Sandelin in response to the ongoing drought, entering its fourth year. Enforcement of the Stage 3 restrictions began May 11, 2015.

10/8/2015 - Press Release on latest consevation efforts by City of Lodi residential water use.

The emergency declaration is consistent with the executive order issued by Gov. Edmund G. Brown on April 1, 2015 regarding emergency water conservation measures, and the emergency regulations issued by the State Water Resources Control Board on April 18, 2015. The agency is requiring Lodi to reduce its per-capita water use by 36 percent.

Water restrictions now in effect are:

  • Outdoor watering is allowed only two days a week (ODD addresses Wednesday and Sunday, EVEN addresses Tuesday and Saturday), and no watering is allowed on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays.

  • Outdoor watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. is prohibited.

  • Outdoor watering is not allowed during or within 48 hours following measureable rainfall.

  • Repairing a controllable leak of water within 72 hours is required.

  • Washing of sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios, streets or other exterior paved areas or buildings except when required to remove any spillage of substances that may be a danger to public health or safety, is prohibited.

  • Washing with water any motor vehicles, trailers or movable equipment other than with a bucket and rinsing the vehicle or equipment by use of a hose for not more than three minutes is prohibited.

  • Use of a hose without a positive shutoff nozzle is prohibited.

  • Excess watering of any area so that water flows into a gutter or any drainage area for a period exceeding three minutes is prohibited.

  • Unnecessary running of water in any residential, commercial or industrial establishment onto the floor, pavement, ground or into any drain or drainage area, with any equipment or in any way for more than three minutes is prohibited.

Additional commercial restrictions in addition to the above include:

  • Dining establishments may only serve water upon request.

  • Hotels and motels are required to offer guests the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily, and must display such a notice prominently in each guestroom.

On June 1, 2015, additional rebates for water conserving devices will be available.  Please see the City’s website or call after June 1 for more information.

The Stage 3 Water Emergency declaration is the latest in a series of escalating measures aimed at reducing water use in the face of a persistent drought. On January 17, 2014, Gov. Brown proclaimed a state of emergency throughout the state due to drought conditions. On April 25, 2014, Gov. Brown proclaimed a continued state of emergency, followed by his April 1, 2015 executive order that outlines specific restrictions.

On May 21, 2014, the City Council adopted a resolution finding the existence of a drought emergency and supported the Public Works Director in declaring a Stage 1 water emergency and supporting any future water emergency restrictions, in accordance with the City’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan. On February 26, 2015, the Public Works Director declared a Stage 2 water emergency.

Lodi Municipal Code, Chapter 13.08, Article III, Section 13.08.290, Emergency Water Conservation, allows the Public Works Director to determine the degree of emergency and determine what additional restrictions of water use or other appropriate actions must be implemented to protect the water supply system and the citizens of Lodi.
Enforcement procedures and penalties for water wasting will continue as described in the Lodi Water Conservation Ordinance Sections 13.08.250 and 13.08.280. 

Note: The Stage 3 water restrictions supercede the City of Lodi Water Conservation ordinance.

If you have any questions, want 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.



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Available Rebates

  • The California Department of Water Resources announced two new rebate programs to help Californians replace inefficient toilets and tear out water-guzzling lawns, further conserving water during the state’s historic drought. www.SaveOurWaterRebates.com












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