SAN DIEGO CONSERVATION
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San Diego Conservation
State Water Board Bans Watering “Non-Functional” Turf With Potable Water
Effective June 10, 2022, the State Water Board has implemented a statewide ban on watering “non-functional turf” in commercial, industrial, institutional areas with potable water. This does not include house yards, parks, or sports fields, but it does include decorative turf at businesses and in common areas of HOAs and housing subdivisions. Non-functional turf is grass that is solely ornamental and not regularly used for human recreational purposes or for civic or community events.
Why is this happening?
The new emergency regulation is mandated by the State Water Board in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s March 28 Executive Order and aims to improve the state’s water conservation efforts amid the third year of drought. The emergency regulation will remain in effect for one year, unless modified by the State Water Board.
Learn more about the ban by visiting bit.ly/conservationreg.
What do customers need to do to comply?
Owners and managers of commercial, industrial, institutional, and HOA properties must not use potable water for irrigating non-functional turf. If you have questions about conservation and replacing your turf, please contact our Conservation Specialists by clicking on your district listed above.
The enforcement of this ban will be led by the State Water Resources Control Board, although California American Water does send courtesy notices to customers if there are reports of a potential violation. California American Water is permitted to enforce fines should customers not comply, however we are committed to education over enforcement whenever possible.
Emergency Water Conservation Measures Go into Effect on Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Due to the significant statewide drought conditions severely reducing water supplies to Southern California Emergency Water Conservation Measures will go into effect on June 1, 2022.
On June 1, 2022, California American Water’s San Diego County District customers should follow the below updated watering schedule.
- Odd Address (Addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday
- Even Address (Addresses ending in 2, 4, 6, 8, 0): Monday, Thursday, and Saturday
- No watering on Wednesday
- To avoid evaporation, we recommend customers water outdoors before 9:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m.
- Watering is limited to a total of 10 minutes per station per allowed day
- Low-flow irrigation systems (Including drip irrigation and micro spray) that emits less than two gallons per hour are exempt from day of week and time limitation except for irrigation of turf
- Turf grass irrigation (irrigation timer or garden hose) only permissible on allowed watering day
Customers should check their city’s watering schedule, as some cities may have implemented more restrictive measures. We encourage customers to follow their city’s conservation guidelines if more restrictive
We’re here to help
FREE Water Wise Surveys are available. California American Water provides free water use consultations for our residential and non-residential customers. For residential customers, a conservation specialist will visit your home, identify ways to help you save water, and even provide free low flow fixtures for your kitchen and bathroom. For non-residential customers, a conservation specialist will calculate an individualized water budget and provide water saving recommendations.
Please call your Conservation Specialist at (619) 446-5707 to schedule your in home survey.
New Webinars coming in Spring of 2023.
CAAW made recent changes to its residential conservation rebate program and is no longer offering indoor or outdoor rebates for residential customers. Certain rebates, however, may still be available from your electric or gas utility. This change is due to lower approved funding levels for conservation rebate programs.
For non-residential rebates please click below.
For any questions, please call your local conservation representative at 1-619-446-5707.
CLICK HERE for commercial rebate application
Turf Removal Rebate Program
Click here to learn more about our Turf Removal Rebate Program.
Click here to download our Turf Removal Rebate Form.
Click here to download our Turf Removal Hand-out Form.
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