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Stage 2 Water Alert in Lodi declared June 29, 2016

Read more about water-use restrictions now in effect

Landscape watering will be relaxed to three days per week effective July 1, 2016, under a Stage 2 Water Alert declaration by the Lodi Public Works Director in response to the Governor's issuance of Executive Order B-37-16 establishing "Water Conservation a California Way of Life" and adopting permanent water conservation restrictions statewide.

As part of the permanent water conservation regulations, the City was required by the State Water Resources Control Board to self-certify a revised water conservation standard by June 22, 2016. The revised water conservation standard, calculated at six percent (6%), is based on the average water demand from 2013 and 2014, compared to projected water supply shortages.

While the Stage 2 Water Alert relaxes mandatory water conservation measures, we continue to encourage our customers to conserve and use water wisely in order to meet or exceed the new water consiervation standard of six percent.

6/29/2016 - Press Release on the latest consevation efforts by City of Lodi residential water users.

Water restrictions now in effect are:

  • Outdoor watering is allowed three days a week (ODD addresses Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, EVEN addresses Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday), and no watering is allowed on Mondays.

  • 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.

Continuing 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 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 9, 2016 the Governor issued Executive Order B-37-16 establishing "Water Conservation a California Way of Life" and adopting permanent water conservation restrictions statewide.

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. A Stage 3 emergency was declared on May 1, 2015, with enforcement effective May 11, 2015. The stage 3 declaration is still in place.

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.

Enforcement procedures and penalties for water wasting were updated and adopted by City Council on November 18, 2015 as described in the Lodi Water Conservation Ordinance Sections 13.08.250 and 13.08.280. They became effective on December 18, 2015.

Note: The Stage 2 water alert 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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