Water Conservation

Visit our Water Conservation Website at www.thinkh2Onow.com

Current Water Supply
**Updated as of August 19, 2014**
Click here for a Spanish translation of the current restrictions.

At the July 1, 2014 City Council meeting, the City of Pismo Beach City Council declared a "Critically Restricted Water Supply" with modified restrictions. The current restrictions are as follows:

A.  Use of water which results in excessive gutter runoff is prohibited.

B.  No outdoor water use – except irrigation.

  1. Washing cars or boats shall be attended and have a hand-controlled watering device, typically spring-loaded shutoff nozzle
  2. No water shall be used for cleaning driveways, patios, parking lots, sidewalks, streets or other such uses except by the City contracted street sweeper, or where necessary to protect the public health and safety
  3. Using potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water is prohibited

C.  Outdoor Irrigation.

  1. NO outdoor irrigation between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  2. Even-Numbered Addresses
  3. Mondays & Thursdays ONLY
    Odd-Numbered Addresses 
    Tuesdays & Fridays ONLY 
  4. Using outdoor irrigation during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation is prohibited

D.  Restaurants shall serve drinking water only in response to a specific request by a customer.

E.  Hotels and Motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily.

F.   Use of potable water for compaction or dust control purposes in construction activities is prohibited. (Ord. 90-10 § 2 (part), 1990: prior code § 13.06.050).

On March 25, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order to redouble water conservation efforts and called upon all Californians to cut water usage by 25%. To see what a 25% reduction in usage looks like click here (available in both English and Spanish).

 
Water-Efficient Fixture MANDATE
15.50.030 Waterless urinals in new and existing construction.
All urinals installed in a new building, new additional restroom within an existing building or replacement of an existing urinal shall be a waterless urinal. Exemptions to this section may be granted at the discretion of the City Engineer under the following conditions:

A.        The installation of a waterless urinal would cause an undue burden due to an incompatibility with the exiting pluming system.

1.          If the cost to replace or remediate such incompatibility is 25 (twenty-five) percent or less of the permitted construction costs, an exemption shall not be granted.

B.          When installing a waterless urinal in an existing building, the installation of a waterless urinal would cause an undue burden due to the requirement of additional retrofits which may be required for the restroom or stall to remain compliant with other codes, such as the California Building Code.

C.          Other unforeseen circumstances where the financial burden or other unforeseen burden outweighs the water savings generated by the waterless urinal.

D.          The installation of a waterless urinal would cause a threat to public health and safety.

15.50.040 Waterless urinal retrofits.
All existing urinals within the City shall be retrofitted to waterless urinals before February 14, 2016. Exemptions to this section may be granted at the discretion of the City Engineer under the following conditions:

A.          The installation of a waterless urinal would cause an undue burden due to an incompatibility with the existing plumbing system.

B.          The installation of a waterless urinal would cause an undue burden due to the requirement of additional retrofits which may be required for the restroom or stall to remain compliant with other codes, such as the California Building Code.

C.          Other unforeseen circumstances where the financial burden or other unforeseen burden outweighs the water savings generated by the waterless urinal.

D.          The installation of a waterless urinal would cause a threat to public health and safety.

E.          Low-flow urinals using one-half (1/2) gallon of water or less per flush and installed before July 21, 2015.

15.50.050 Faucet aerators.
All restroom faucets in all publicly accessible restrooms, including those in hotel rooms, lobbies and restrooms, restaurants, schools, commercial and retail buildings, public buildings and similar publicly accessible restrooms shall be retrofitted to install aerators that emit no more than 0.5 (one-half) gallon per minute before October 17, 2015. Exemptions to this section may be granted at the discretion of the City Engineer in the following cases:

A.           When such a retrofit would cause an undue burden due to design of the faucet.

B.        In cases to protect public health and safety.

 

Beginning with the effective date of this ordinance, all restroom faucets in new residential construction shall be fitted with aerators that emit no more than 0.5 (one-half) gallon per minute. Exemptions to this section may be granted at the discretion of the City Engineer in cases to protect public health and safety.

15.50.060 Sub-meters in new construction.
All new multi-unit buildings, regardless of proposed use, shall be required to have a separate sub-meter capable of measuring the water use of every usable unit, separate common space and landscaping that is expected to use at least 25 gallons of water per day on average over the course of a year, regardless of the overall size of the building. Buildings that have a separate water meter for each unit are exempt.

 

 

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 irrigationn 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 805-773-4656.