San Luis Obispo County and 60 percent of California remains in severe or extreme drought conditions. On May 9, 2016, the Governor issued an Executive Order that directs the State to extend its emergency water conservation regulations through the end of January 2017.
On May 18, 2016, the State adopted a statewide water conservation approach that replaced the prior 25 percent statewide reduction-based water conservation standard, with a localized approach in recognition of the differing water supply conditions for many communities. This localized approach mandates urban water suppliers act now to ensure at least a three year supply of water to customers under drought conditions.
The County of San Luis Obispo Flood Control and Water Conservation District (District) is an urban water wholesaler that supplies water to urban municipalities, or suppliers. As such, the District must calculate, to the best of its ability, the volume of water it expects to deliver to each urban water supplier in each of the next three years and post these calculations to a publicly accessible webpage. The San Luis Obispo Flood Control and Water Conservation District three year supply of water projection report can be viewed here: Three Years of Drought Calculations with Requested Releases.
In addition to the three year supply of water projection report, urban water suppliers must submit a report to the State by December 15, 2016, that identifies: potable (drinking) water production, by month, from December, 2015 through November, 2016; total potable water production, by month, for the same months in 2013; and any actions taken by suppliers to encourage or require customers to conserve water.
Below are the State mandated water conservation regulations that continue to remain in effect:
REQUIRED BY EVERYONE
No watering of outdoor landscapes that cause runoff
No using hoses without shut-off nozzles
No using water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated
No washing of driveways & sidewalks
No outdoor irrigation during and 48 hours following rain
REQUIRED BY BUSINESSES
Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers upon request
Hotels and Motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily
Furthermore, it is MANDATED that you
WATER OUTDOORS ONLY ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS
if you obtain potable water through one of the County water systems below:
AVILA AREA (CSA 12)
CAYUCOS AREA (CSA 10A)
SANTA MARGARITA (CSA 23)
SHANDON (CSA 16)