TCPUD Conservation Requirements

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TCPUD remains in Stage 2 Drought Response as per our Ordinance 288.  In Stage 2, TCPUD customers are subject to the following conservation requirements as taken from Ordinance 288.  The entire Ordinance can be found here: Ord 288 Water Conservation Ordinance and the associated resolution 16-08 can be found here:  Res 16-08


WATER CONSERVATION REQUIREMENTS

The Owner shall not waste water and shall maintain all water service lines, from the point of delivery to the premises served, in good repair.  Overall water consumption shall be reduced by 17%.  The specific percent reduction in overall water consumption, as well as the benchmarks used for comparison, may be designated by regulatory requirements or a Resolution adopted by the District’s Board of Directors, and will be defined by the District when implementing Drought Response Stage 2.  The District may choose to implement, by Board Resolution, varying water consumption reduction requirements for different Owners, based upon factors such as, but not limited to; historical water usage, type of water usage, time of water usage, or any other relevant factor.  Specific mandated restrictions in water use during Drought Response Stage 2 are as follows:

Metering:  Tiered Water Consumption Charges

The Owner shall be assessed and pay a flat monthly water rate based upon size of the water meter as well as a charge for water consumption based upon a tiered billing structure, as identified in the current District water rate schedule.  This billing structure is designed to encourage conservation, as the charge per thousand gallons of water consumed increases as water use increases.

Repair of Water Leaks 

Any leak or abnormal use in plumbing and/or irrigation systems, including running toilets, or any leak in swimming pools, hot tubs, decorative water features or any other receptacle used to store water, shall be repaired when found, but in any case within ten (10) days of notice by the District to repair.

Water Runoff

Use of water which results in flooding or runoff in gutters, streets or onto adjacent property is not allowed.

Vehicle Wash

Automatic shutoff valves or nozzles will be used whenever a hose is used for cleaning vehicles.   This subsection does not apply to any commercial car washing facility that utilizes a recycling system to capture or reuse water.  Washing of vehicles is exempted where the health, safety and welfare of the public is dependent upon frequent vehicle cleanings, such as snow removal vehicles and garbage trucks. 

Construction Water

All water hoses used in connection with any construction activity shall be equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle.

Fire Hydrant Use Permit

A District ”Water Service from Hydrant Permit” must be obtained before use of any fire hydrant for any purpose other than fire suppression or emergency aid.

Water Pressure 

Water pressure shall not exceed 60 psi within residential or non-residential structures.  Pressure will be checked at final inspection of new construction, reconstruction and remodel to ensure compliance.

Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures; Residential Units, Apartments, and Condominiums

Residential New Construction or Complete Reconstruction

Low-flow fixtures are required in all residential structures that are subject to the new construction or tear down/rebuild District permit process, and shall meet the requirements of the most current California Plumbing Code, the most current Uniform Plumbing Code, regulatory requirements, or the following, whichever is more restrictive:

  • Showerheads must be 2.0 gallons per minute (gpm) or less
  • Toilets must be 1.28 gallons per flush (gpf) or less and shall have a waste extraction score of no fewer than 350 grams, or be high-efficiency (HET)
  • Dual flush toilets qualify as HET
  • Kitchen faucets must be 1.8 gpm or less and may have the capability to increase to 2.2 gpm momentarily for filling pots and pans
  • Residential lavatory faucets must be 1.2 gpm or less

Residential Units, Apartments, and Condominiums; Residential Remodel or Retrofit

Where a residential structure is subject to the District’s remodel permit process, all existing fixtures within the residential unit must be replaced with low-flow fixtures, per Section 2.01.9(a). This applies to all fixtures within the residential unit, not just the ones initially being replaced, per State law and local building code requirements. Exceptions may be granted, per State law and the local building department.

Commercial and Public Structures; New Construction or Complete Reconstruction

Low-flow fixtures are required in all new or completely reconstructed commercial and public structures that are subject to the District permit process, and shall meet the requirements of the most current California Plumbing Code, the most current Uniform Plumbing Code, regulatory requirements, or the following, whichever is more restrictive:

  • Showerheads must be 2.0 gpm or less
  • Toilets must be 1.28 gpf or less and shall have a waste extraction score of no fewer than 350 grams, or be high-efficiency (HET)
  • Dual flush toilets qualify as HET
  • Urinals must be 0.125 gpf or less
  • Kitchen faucets must be 1.8 gpm or less and may have the capability to increase to 2.2 gpm momentarily for filling pots and pans
  • Residential lavatory faucets must be 1.2 gpm or less
  • Public restroom lavatory faucets must be 0.5 gpm or less
  • Metered faucets required for public transient restroom lavatories must be 0.25 gallons per use or less
  • Pre-rinse sink faucets must be 1.6 gpm or less
  • Spray nozzles must be 1.6 gpm or less

Commercial and Public Structure Retrofit

Where a commercial or public structure is subject to the District’s remodel permit process, all existing fixtures within the unit being remodeled must be replaced with low-flow fixtures, per Section 2.01.9(c).  This applies to all fixtures within the remodeled unit, not just the ones initially being replaced, per State law and local building code requirements. Exceptions may be granted, per State law and the local building department. Units within a multi-unit commercial structure that are not being remodeled are not subject to retrofit.

Landscape Irrigation

Winterization of Irrigation Systems

Operation of irrigation systems shall be discontinued and properly winterized by November 1st every year or earlier depending on temperatures.

Landscape Irrigation Controls on New Construction Irrigation Systems

Any new irrigation systems installed within the District, in conjunction with new construction or complete reconstruction, must be equipped with rain sensing devices that will halt irrigation during and after measurable precipitation, and/or moisture sensors that use a probe in the soil to monitor soil water content, and/or freeze sensors that turn off sprinkler valves when the temperature drops below a preset level.  These devices must be approved by the District as to number, type and settings.

New Construction and Rehabilitated Landscaping

The installation and planting of landscaping associated with new construction or new or rehabilitated landscaping at existing properties is strongly encouraged to occur in spring or fall.  New non-turf landscaping, including bedding plants and trees, shall be on drip, micro sprinkler, or micro sprayer irrigation systems. Overhead watering shall only be allowed for turf areas.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Ordinance, water used for irrigating landscaping associated with new construction or new or rehabilitated landscaping at existing properties shall be limited to new or rehabilitated landscaping planted to comply with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Best Management Practices (BMPs) or defensible space. The Owner, or his/her designee, must request permission from the District in writing for the establishment of new vegetation, and may not proceed with work until approval has been received from the District.

Newly planted sod may be exempt for thirty (30) days from the date it was installed, and shall require approval from the District.

Planting and seeding for public erosion control and/or environmental restoration projects shall be exempt from these requirements, and shall require approval from the District.

State Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance

All residential and commercial landscaping associated with new construction or new or rehabilitated landscaping at existing properties shall conform with the requirements of the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance, per California Code of Regulations, Title 23, Division 2, Chapter 2.7 or applicable local ordinances superseding the State ordinance.

Restrictions on Irrigation.   Three Days per Week, during Times of Day, Precipitation or Low Temperatures

Properties with street addresses that end in an even number may irrigate only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; properties with street addresses ending in an odd number may irrigate only on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.  There will be no irrigation permitted on Saturday.    The irrigation day shall be considered to begin at midnight and end at 11:59 pm.

Irrigation of non-turf areas which exclusively utilizes drip systems, including micro sprinklers and micro sprayers, or a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle, shall be exempt from designated irrigation days.

Properties with large common areas and public facilities may request alternate irrigation schedules based on specific needs or issues. The District will review such requests on a case-by-case and first-come, first-served basis.

The District may establish alternate schedules based upon its determination, and will notify affected Owners of such changes. Designated irrigation days may be modified by the District, if needed.

Landscaping, lawns and open ground must not be watered: (1) between the hours of 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM, (2) at any time while it is raining or snowing and 48-hours after measurable precipitation, and/or (3) where the air temperature is less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Public Entities 

In order to promote public awareness of the need to conserve water and not waste water, all public entities shall display informational material, placards, and/or decals, provided by the District, in places visible to all customers.

Indiscriminate Use

Owners shall not use water in a manner that is wasteful and without reasonable purpose.

Irrigation of Public Facilities

Where it is in the interest of public health and safety or where facilities are open to the public, the General Manager may permit extended periods or alternate schedules of irrigation or application of water to public facilities provided that:

  • A hand-held hose with an automatic shutoff is used, or
  • A hand-held, faucet filled bucket of five (5) gallons or less is used, or
  • A drip or low-flow irrigation system is used, or
  • Use of public facilities prevents irrigation of all zones during the designated times listed under 2.01.11 and/or on the designated days listed under 2.02.1(a).

 

Hard Surface Application

The application of water to hard surfaces, including driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, and athletic facilities shall be prohibited, except for pavement resurfacing or sealing, construction services, and/or public health and safety.  Any application of water to hard surfaces for these exceptions shall use automatic shutoff nozzles, or require on-site monitoring during manual irrigation.

Decorative Water Features

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

Regulatory Requirements

Other restrictions may apply as mandated by regulatory requirements and may supersede any section of this Ordinance.

Exceptions

The provisions of this section are not applicable to the uses of water which are necessary to protect public health and safety or for essential governmental services, such as police, fire and other similar emergency services.


 

If you would like to report a misuse of water please use this form:
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For more information contact TCPUD at 530-580-6282 or conservation@tcpud.org

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