Water Conservation

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Mandatory Water Conservation Measures

WHAT ARE MY WATERING DAYS?

  • No watering between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • During the months of March through October, all properties within the City of Ripon with an even address are only allowed to water landscaping on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
  • During the months of November through February, all properties within the City of Ripon with an even address are only allowed to water landscaping on Saturday.
  • During the months of March through October, all properties within the City of Ripon with an odd address are only allowed to water landscaping on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
  • During the months of November through February, all properties within the City of Ripon with an odd address are only allowed to water landscaping on Sunday.

    Penalties
    : If residents do not follow the prescribed watering conservation measures, a penalty will be assessed after the first written warning.
  • First violation within one year period $50
  • Second violation within a one year period $100
  • Third violation within a one year period $200
  • Any additional violation within a one year period $400

WATER CONSERVATION ORDINANCE

Ordinance No. 811

WATER CONSERVATION RESOLUTION

Resolution No. 16-16

  • The use of water for washing vehicles, boats, recreational vehicles, or cleaning of building exteriors is only allowed during the same outdoor watering day/time restrictions previously described and with a use of an automated shut-off nozzle on the hose. Exceptions may be granted by the Public Works Director in writing for commercial and industrial water users to perform essential business operations;
  • The use of water in fountains or other decorative water features are prohibited, except where water is used for a pond that supports aquatic life;
  • Draining and refilling of pools, spas, and ponds shall only be allowed for health, maintenance or structural considerations, after approval by the Public Works Director. Request for approval must be in writing to the Director;
  • No irrigation of ornamental landscapes during and 48 hours following measurable rain fall;
  • It is prohibited to use water to wash driveways, sidewalks, patios, parking lots, aprons and other exterior surfaces except for sanitation, public health and safety and fire protection purposes;
  • No application of water to outdoor landscaping in a manner that causes excessive runoff; excessive water use is defined as “water that leaves the property of origin in a continuous flow of any dimension for 150 feet from the property, or for more than five minutes in duration.”
  • All water leaks, breaks, malfunctions within a water users plumbing, distribution or irrigation system shall be repaired within 24 hours from the time it is discovered;
  • Operators of hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily and prominently displayed notice of this option;
  • Restaurants and food service establishments prohibited from serving water except upon request;
  • All commercial, industrial, and institutional properties that use a water supply, or any portion of the water supply, from a source other than a water supplier, shall either (1) limit outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water to no more than two days per week, or (2) reduce potable water usage by 25 percent as compared to the amount used in 2013;
  • The irrigation with potable water of landscapes outside of newly constructed homes and buildings shall be in a manner consistent with regulations or other requirements established by the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development;


    Penalties
    : If residents do not follow the prescribed watering conservation measures, a penalty will be assessed after the first written warning.
  • First violation within one year period $50
  • Second violation within a one year period $100
  • Third violation within a one year period $200
  • Any additional violation within a one year period $400

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