VOMWD Declares a Stage 2 Water Shortage
Press Release: August 6, 2014
In response to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Emergency Conservation Regulation adopted July 15th, all water retailers throughout the State of California are required to implement their Urban Water Shortage Contingency Plans at a level that restricts outdoor irrigation. For VOMWD and most water retailers in the State this occurs at the Stage 2 mandatory level. In order to comply with the SWRCB requirements, on August 5th, the VOMWD Board adopted Resolution No. 140801 declaring a Stage 2 water shortage and 20% mandatory conservation target, and Resolution No. 140802, adopting water waste administrative fees.
List of Prohibitions enacted under Stage 2 (effective August 5, 2014 – April 30, 2015)
- Irrigation in such a manner that water runs off or over-sprays the irrigated area
- Leaks that are known to the customer but which are not repaired
- Use of a garden or utility hose without a hose-end shut-off nozzle
- Service of water in restaurants except upon request
- Using potable water for street washing
- Washing sidewalks, patios, driveways and other hardscapes unless for public health and safety
- Recycled water must be used for construction dust control
- Irrigation is limited to the hours between 8pm and 6am
In order to encourage reductions in landscape irrigation water use, effective September 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015, water shortage charges will be applied to Tier 2 (current rate + 10%) and Tier 3 (current rate + 25%) water use.
VOMWD would like to thank our customers for their continued conservation efforts that has already resulted in a 17% reduction (March – July) compared to last year’s water use. This is a positive sign and we encourage customers that have been conserving to continue the practices they have adopted and ask those customers that have not yet eliminated wasteful practices to become efficient now. An efficient home should use no more than 59 gallons per person per day plus 4,500 gallons per month for irrigation water (Family of two = 8,000 gallons in summer; 3,500 gallons in winter). This is the third year of below average rainfall and we cannot count on an El Nino weather pattern to pull us out of this drought. Water conserved this year will remain in the reservoirs and help extend our water supply should this drought persist.
To stay in contact and update with VOMWD activities and the current water shortage like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vomwd.
There's a drought on. Turn the water off.
VOMWD is a member of the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership. This year due to multiple dry years and the extremely dry fall and winter the Partnership launched a conservation campaign called: "There's a drought on. Turn the water off." For additional information visit www.wateroff.org and for current drought updates, like VOMWD on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VOMWD.
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Pay your bills online with VOMWD Online Utility Billing. Safe, secure and free 24-hour access to your account. Your bimonthly VOMWD water bill payment amount is transferred from your checking account, or credit card, directly to the VOMWD. With VOMWD Online Utility Billing, your water bill can be paid on the due date automatically. You will no longer have to worry about mailing your payments or about not being able to pay your bills while you are out of town. Enrollment is easy.
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- This service is free when paying by check (coming directly from your checking account). There is a nominal charge for using a credit card or debit card. The credit card fees can vary depending on the rate negotiated with the credit card companies. The customer will see the amount of fees, if applicable, before selecting the final submit button. The online bill pay program accepts both MasterCard and Visa.
- Customers can opt for e-bill while registering for online bill payment or at any time. Customers have the choice to opt back for paper bills, if they wish to do so.
- If you need assistance with the online bill pay process, please call us at 707 996-1037.
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