Monterey Drought Updates

Keep up the good work and please reduce usage by 8 percent

Monterey Peninsula area customers who rely on the Carmel River for their water supply are still subject to the consumption cutbacks required by the State Water Resource Control Board’s Cease and Desist Order reducing pumping from the river. Monterey area customers have consistently stayed below the production limits mandated by the state since the CDO issuance in 2009. Local water restrictions as well as incentive programs for saving water such as rebates and water wise house calls remain in effect. For more information visit:

For all customers in the Monterey district

• Watering is limited Wednesday and Saturday
• No watering from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For customers in Ambler Park, Chualar, Garrapata, Ralph Lane & Toro

The area is served with groundwater.

For main system customers in Carmel, Carmel Valley, Del Rey Oaks, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Monterey, Sand City & Seaside

California American Water’s Monterey customers within the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District’s (MPWMD) boundaries are in Stage 1 of the emergency conservation plan which requires the following

• Waste caused by correctable leaks, breaks or malfunctions must be corrected immediately.  This loss of drinkable water may be cited as water waste after a reasonable period of time has passed in which the leak or malfunction could have been corrected.  Exceptions may be granted by the General Manager for corrections which are not feasible or practical.
• Watering turf, lawns, gardens or ornamental landscaping before 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00  p.m. If watering between these hours, it must be done by drip irrigation or hand watering with trigger nozzles. (Exceptions shall be made by the General Manager for professional gardeners who must water between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.).
• Additional Landscape Irrigation Restrictions in the main California American Water system:  Unless watering is by drip irrigation, through a hand-held hose with a trigger nozzle, or performed by a professional gardener or landscaper, the following schedules apply:

• Properties water after 5 p.m. and before 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Wednesdays only. 
• Avoid excessive water use which allows surplus to run to waste, including the use of drinking water for washing buildings, structures, driveways, patios, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard surfaced areas, except in cases where health or safety are at risk.
• All non-residential water users within the District, must have low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators (2.5 gallons per minute), and all toilets that use 3.5 gallons per flush must have a one-gallon reduction device installed, with the following exception:
• ***Visitor-serving commercial facilities (including all hotels, motels, restaurants, convention/meeting facilities, and service stations) must have ultra-low flush toilets (1.6 gallons-per-flush maximum).
• Drinking water must be requested by the customer at a restaurant, hotel, café, cafeteria or other public place where food is sold, served or offered for sale.  Water should not be provided unless specifically requested by the customer.
• Swimming pools or spas should not be drained or refilled except (a) to prevent or correct structural damage or to comply with public health regulations, or (b) upon prior approval of the General Manager.
• Wash private vehicles using a trigger nozzle to reduce water use and runoff.  Commercial aircraft, cars, buses, boats, trailers or other commercial vehicles must be washed at a commercial or fleet vehicle or boat washing facility operated at a fixed location where equipment using water is properly maintained to avoid wasteful use.
• Commercial car washes must recycle at least 50 percent of the potable water used per cycle.
• Fountains, ponds, lakes or other ornamental water uses must recycle water if the water is from a potable source.
• Water used for more than minimal landscaping, as defined in the landscaping regulations of the jurisdiction or as described in Article 10.8 of the California Government Code, is considered wasteful.
• Unmetered hydrant water use by individuals, other than for fire suppression or utility system maintenance purposes, requires approval of the MPMWD General Manager.
• Potable water must not be used for street cleaning.
• The use of large quantities of drinking water for dust control or earth compaction requires prior written approval of the General Manager.  The use of non-potable water or other methods of dust control are encouraged.
• Water may not be transported from the Monterey Peninsula Water Resources System without prior written authorization from the MPWMD.  Emergency or health related situations are exempt from this provision in accordance with Rule 168 (Water Rationing Variance).

The following activities are not considered water waste

• Flow resulting from firefighting or essential inspection of fire hydrants
• Water applied to abate spills of flammable or otherwise hazardous materials, where water application is the appropriate methodology
• Water applied to prevent or abate health, safety, or accident hazards when alternate methods are not available
• Storm runoff
• Flow from fire training activities during Stage 1 Water Conservation through Stage 3 Water Conservation
• Reasonable quantities of water applied as dust control as required by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control Agency, except when prohibited by Regulation XV

To report water waste call The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District Water Waste Hotline at 1-831-658-5653

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