Water Conservation and Drought Response Guidelines June 2016

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Although the Tahoe Region experienced an average winter, the drought still persists. The State of California has relaxed its mandatory water conservation measures and is allowing water providers to self-certify their individual water supplies, demands, and conservation levels.   TCPUD will pursue self-certification, but is currently mandated to reduce water consumption by a cumulative 17% as compared to 2013 until receiving certification.  Upon receiving self-certification, the District will revise conservation requirements if appropriate.  The following applies to all TCPUD water customers and is in response to State mandated water conservation and the need to make conservation a normal way of life.  If you have any questions please call the TCPUD conservation phone line at 530-580-6282.  For tips and information see the FAQ page.

Overall Conservation Requirement

  • District-wide cumulative water use must be reduced by 17% (as compared to the base year 2013), based on water usage, per TCPUD Resolution 16-08.  This was easily achieved voluntarily in 2014, so targets have been set at your 2014 actual monthly consumption. Customers can click here to determine their exact water reduction targets for June – October 2016.

Outdoor Irrigation

Remains limited to 3 days per week.

  • even-numbered street addresses may irrigate Monday, Wednesday and Friday;
  • odd-numbered addresses may irrigate Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
  • The irrigation day is defined as starting at 12:00 AM and ending at 11:59 PM, which means you may irrigate between 12:00 AM and 9:00 AM and between 8:00 PM and 11:59 PM on your designated day.
  • Irrigation is PROHIBITED between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM.
  • Irrigation may NOT occur during precipitation, for 48-hours after measureable precipitation, or when temperatures are less than 40˚ F.
  • Irrigation of non-turf areas which exclusively use drip systems, including micro sprinklers and micro sprayers, are exempt from irrigation days.
  • New construction landscaping must be approved by the District.

Decorative Water Features

  • The use of water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water is prohibited.

Hard Surface Application

  • The application of water to hard surfaces is prohibited, except for pavement resurfacing or sealing, construction services and/or public health and safety.

Visitor Accomodations (Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfast Establishments, etc)

  • TCPUD encourages lodging properties and services to only wash guest linens, towels and sheets  upon request or guest check-out (a notice displayed in each guest room is also encouraged).

Food Service and Drinking Establishments (restaurants, bars, etc.)

  • TCPUD encourages food and drinking establishments to only server drinking water upon request (a notice displayed at  each table or in menu is encouraged).

General Requirements – Please Don’t Waste

  • Any leak must be repaired when found or within ten (10) days of notice.
  • Water runoff of any sort is NOT allowed.
  • Use an automatic shutoff valve or hose nozzle whenever a hose is used.


  • Can include warnings and then escalating penalties up to $500/day, water service restriction, and/or water shut off


For more information contact TCPUD at 530-580-6282 or conservation@tcpud.org