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The District has the following four distinct levels of water conservation requirements, restrictions, and penalties that may be imposed by the District Board of Trustees, in any order or sequence:  

Level 1 Voluntary Water Conservation
This includes the three-tiered water rate structure which encourages the conservation of water through pricing.  It also includes conservation awareness and education efforts, and all other voluntary efforts by the District and/or the public to conserve and make wise use of this limited resource.    Level 1 is always in effect, unless a higher level has been imposed, and there are no notice requirements associated with Level 1.  Level 1 encourages voluntary water conservation practices such as:

no outdoor watering during the heat of the day;
efficient sprinkler systems;
use of drought-tolerant plants and grasses;
use of low-use water fixtures;
and any other means of reducing the use of water.

As a general and ongoing conservation requirement, it is the policy of the District that no outdoor watering shall be allowed with water provided by the District between the hours of 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM, except in special, temporary situations where frequent waterings are required, such as with newly planted lawns.  

Level 2 Mandatory Water Conservation
This includes directives imposed by the District Board of Trustees which limit the manner of use, but not directly the quantity of use, such as limitations as to the time of day and/or the days of the week when outdoor water is permitted. 

Notice of Level 2 requirements shall be given by mail to the billing addresses or by publishing once a week for two weeks in a newspaper of general circulation locally. The four step enforcement procedure associated with this level can be reviewed at the District Office.  

Level 3 Mandatory Water Restrictions
This include directives imposed by the District Board of Trustees which limit the quantity of use of water by the adoption of temporary, emergency increases in the third tier, or the second tier and the third tier, of the District water rate structure, and/or other restrictions imposed by the Board, such as temporary bans on the installations on new lawns which will require intensive waterings.  The amount of the increase shall include a water restriction violation fee and the increased rates shall apply to all water usage in the tier(s) upon which the increased rates are imposed.

Notice of Level 3 Restrictions shall be by direct mailing to the billing and service addresses following a duly noticed public hearing as required for a rate increase.  The Resolution imposing Level 3 restrictions shall state when the increase rates and other Level 3 restrictions expire.  

Level 4 Emergency Water Restrictions
This may include restrictions in both the quantity and/or the manner of use of water, such as no outdoor watering, or outdoor watering for a limited time or times each week, or such other restrictions as the Board of Trustees deems is appropriate under the specific conditions and circumstances.  The District shall give whatever notice is practical under the circumstances, including announcements through the radio, television, and/or daily print media, followed up by direct mailing to the billing and service addresses and a duly noticed public hearing as soon as possible.  Level 4 Restrictions may be for a fixed period of time or until the Board of Trustees revokes them.  The three step enforcement procedure at this level can be reviewed at the District Office.  

Violations must be duly verified by a District employee.  Each day that a violation continues is considered to be a new violation.  The number of violations received is calculated on calendar year basis.  Violations at one level are not counted in the violation total of any other level.  All violation fees will be assessed on the culinary water bills.  

Benefits achieved
Ongoing reduction allows for consumer cost savings as well as savings in operation and maintenance (O&M) expenses.  The District is able to use less energy for pumping and less chemicals for water acquisition, treatment, and disposal. Currently, the public has voluntarily conserved through inter-neighborhood outreach and complying with the incentive tier structure which is evidenced in their monthly water statements.  Education, water audits, and adjustments to their water pressure are also offered to residents and business owners.    

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