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Current Water Supply - Updated May 18, 2022
The City of Pismo Beach is under a "Critical Water Supply" condition with modified conditions. The current restrictions for a Critical Water Supply status are as shown below with the new modified conditions shown in bold. In addition to these water restrictions, the City Council has adopted an Urgency Ordinance which prohibits the installation of new, irrigated turf installation for all development as of May 18, 2022.
A. Use of water which causes runoff onto adjacent properties, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, gutters, parking lots or structures is prohibited.
B. Outdoor water use for washing vehicles, boats, paved surfaces, buildings, and similar uses shall be attended and have hand-controlled water devices, which shut off the water immediately when not in use.
C. No water shall be used for cleaning driveways, patios, parking lots, sidewalks, streets, or other such uses except as found necessary by the city to protect the public health or safety.
D. Outdoor irrigation
1. Outdoor irrigation is prohibited between the hours of eight a.m. and six p.m.
2. Applying water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall is prohibited.
3. Irrigation of private and public landscaping, turf areas, and gardens is permitted at even-numbered addresses only on Mondays and Thursdays, and at odd-numbered addresses only on Tuesdays and Fridays. All customers are directed to use no more water than necessary to maintain landscaping.
E. Restaurants shall serve drinking water only in response to a specific request by a customer.
F. Using water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system, is prohibited.
G. Use of potable water for compaction or dust control purposes in construction activities is prohibited.
H. Emptying and refilling swimming pools and commercial spas is prohibited except to prevent structural damage and/or to provide for the public health and safety.
I. All water leaks are to be repaired within 72 hours of notification by the City.
Future Solutions Now
The Water Conservation webpage is designed to help better understand your water service and to gain handy tips on how to conserve water both inside your home or business and in your landscape areas.
Have you been reading about the water shortages in many San Luis Obispo County Communities? Are you concerned about the predictions of prolonged drought in the southwest United States? Have you experienced an unusually high water bill for no apparent reason? If you could save money and improve the environment too, would you be interested?
Water Wise Gardening
The City of Pismo Beach is pleased to offer you this tool in designing a water wise garden. Please click the link below to access the San Luis Obispo County Partners In Water Conservation Water Wise Landscaping site. There you will be able to browse pictures of gardens from all over the county to get planting ideas. When browsing gardens you can “hover” over plants you like to learn their common name, botanical name and characteristics of that plant. Further plants can be searched by common name, botanical name or a guided search. The guided search allows users to find plants based on plant type, amount of sun light the plant will receive, expected plant height, color of flower, type of soil and time of year the plant will bloom.
If you have any questions about the Garden Wise Website or water conservation please call the Department of Public Works at 805-773-4656.
Click here for the Garden Wise Website or here for a flyer on How to Garden in a Drought.
For more information on water-efficient irrigation equipment and techniques, visit the Save Our Water Website.
We Want to Help You
The City of Pismo Beach wants to help you conserve water. Our staff will come to your home or business to meet with you, survey your water use and help you understand how to conserve this scarce commodity. This survey, referred to as a "Water Audit," includes a review of your water bills, a check of your indoor and outdoor plumbing and suggestions on how you can make repairs or changes in your water use that will reduce your water consumption and your water bill.
To make an appointment for a water audit, call 805-773-7054.