Violations

The following is a list of potential violations and their definitions.  If you have received notification for one or more of these violations, please take corrective action within the time frame provided.  If you witness a violation you may report the activity using our violation reporting tool found here:
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1.  You have failed to meet your required water use reduction targets.

The State of California has mandated that all Californians reduce their water use.  TCPUD’s required reduction is 17%.  Your water use for the past month exceeded the limit set for your account based on TCPUD regulations.  If you do not know what your target is, please visit http://tcpudconserve.spatiallystacked.com/ or go to www.tcpud.org and click on the “Water Conservation Calculator” box.  Our website www.conservation.tcpud.org has a lot of helpful information on how to conserve water and meet your target.  Please contact us at (530) 580-6282 or via email at conservation@tcpud.org if you have any concerns.

2.  Water was observed running off your property.

Water was observed running off your property either due to a leak or runoff from irrigation overspray.  Current California law prohibits this action.  Please make the necessary corrections or repairs to your plumbing or irrigation system to correct this.  Sometimes a slight adjustment to your sprinkler is all you need.  Call your local landscape irrigation specialist for further information.

3.  Use of a hose without a shutoff nozzle attached.

You were observed using a hose without an automatic shutoff nozzle.  Current California law prohibits this action.  Please make the necessary corrections by installing a nozzle on your hose.  The TCPUD has free hose nozzles as part of our water conservation kit; please stop by our main office to pick up yours today.

4.  Your sprinklers are watering the pavement and/or the adjacent property.

Water was observed running off your property either due to irrigation overspray, overreaching sprinkler radius, or sprinkler angle needing adjustment.  Current California law prohibits this action.  Please make the necessary corrections or repairs to your irrigation system to correct this.  Sometimes a slight adjustment to your sprinkler is all you need.  Call your local landscape irrigation specialist for further information.

5.  Your sprinklers were on during rain or snow and/or 48 hours after measurable precipitation.

It was determined that your irrigation was on during measureable rain or snow or within 48 hours of a measureable rain or snow event.   Current California law prohibits this action.  For second homeowners, consider the installation of a rain sensor to isolate your irrigation system automatically during rain events.  There are also new irrigation timers that can be operated via the internet.   Full time owners can benefit from these as well.  Additionally, one can simply turn the timers to rain/cold mode to stall activation when conditions are not appropriate.  The District offers rebates on automatic rain sensors, temperature sensors and soil moisture sensors.   Call your local landscape irrigation specialist for further information, or visit the following link for rebate information

6.  Your sprinklers were on while the air temperature was below 40˚F.

It was determined that your irrigation was on during temperatures below 40˚F.  TCPUD Ordinance prohibits this activity.  For second homeowners, consider the installation of a temperature sensor to isolate your irrigation system automatically during cold temperature events.  There are also new irrigation timers that can be operated via the internet.   Full time owners can benefit from these as well.  Additionally, one can simply turn the timers to rain/cold mode to stall activation when conditions are not appropriate.  The District offers rebates on automatic rain sensors, temperature sensors and soil moisture sensors.   Call your local landscape irrigation specialist for further information, or visit the following link for rebate information

7.  You have a broken sprinkler, your irrigation system is leaking, and/or a water leak was observed at your property.

Please correct your leak or broken irrigation system within the time frame specified.  If you cannot find a leak on your property, please visit our website and these links to help.
http://www.tcpud.org/download/general/check15.pdf

http://www.tcpud.org/download/general/leakcheck.pdf

http://www.tcpud.org/download/general/read15.pdf

8.  Your sprinklers were operating on the wrong designated day(s). 

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.

9.  Your sprinklers were on between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM.

Landscaping, lawns and open ground must not be watered between the hours of 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM.  The irrigation day shall be considered to begin at midnight and end at 11:59 pm. Watering only in the late evening or early morning hours reduces water loss from evaporation.

10.  Your new landscaping must be approved by the TCPUD.

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.

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 temperature 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 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.

11.  You were observed washing down hard surfaces with water.

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.

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