TAHOE VISTA, Calif. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Residents within the North Tahoe Public Utility District are facing tougher water restrictions effective immediately.
"We saw this coming last year in February," said General Manager and CEO Paul Schultz. "The Governor of California put us in Stage 1 restrictions and we could see the writing on the wall. California doesn't get much rain in the summer so little was going to change between February and August."
The tighter restrictions are aimed at changing outdoor water use. "There is little that you can do to control your indoor watering consumption because you wash dishes, you shower, that sort of thing," Schultz said. "There are several small things you can do to realize big water savings. For example, you can reduce the number of minutes you water each day. You can also change the frequency of your watering each week. You could reduce it to three days a week instead of watering five days a week."
Some of the new restrictions prohibit the following:
- Washing sidewalks, driveways and other hard outside surfaces.
- Excessive plumbing leaks that are not repaired.
- Excessive irrigation run-off.
- Irrigation between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Non-commerical washing of privately-owned vehicles, trailers, RV's, bikes, boats. You can use a bucket and hose that is equipped with a shut-off nozzle for rinsing.
- Water for single-pass evaporative cooling systems.
- Filling or refilling swimming pools.
Schultz said the focus will initially be on educating the public rather than writing citations. First time violators will receive a warning along with educational literature. Repeated violators could face fines of up to $250 per day and even run the risk of having their water shut off.
You can read more about the District's Stage 2 Mandatory Conservation Measures in this news release