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Drought Information
Background:
On January 17, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed a proclamation of a state of emergency stating that 2014 was projected to be the driest year on record with snowpack at only 20 percent of the normal average as of the date of the proclamation. On April 1, 2015, with only 5 percent of the historic average snowpack, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 that, in part, directs the State Water Resource Control Board to impose restrictions on water suppliers to achieve a statewide 25 percent reduction in potable urban usage. To achieve this statewide 25 percent reduction, the City of Colton was tasked with reducing its usage by 18 percent cumulatively versus usage in 2013. Below is how much Colton has saved since June 2015:
  •         February 2016 +1.04%   (12.8% saved cumulatively)
  •         January 2016 -15%         (14.6% saved cumulatively)
  •         December 2015 -3%       (14.6% saved cumulatively)
  •         November 2015 -3%       (16.5% saved cumulatively)
  •         October 2015 -14%         (19.2% saved cumulatively)
  •         September 2015 -22%    (20.5% saved cumulatively)
  •         August 2015 -16%          (20% saved cumulatively)
  •         July 2015 -25%              (22% saved cumulatively) 
  •         June 2015 -19%

Stage III - "Water Warning" Mandatory Watering Restrictions:
To comply with State regulations, on June 16, 2015, the City Council authorized implementation of Stage III of the City’s water conservation plan. When implemented, the following restrictions shall apply to the use of water supplied by the City in addition to the recommendations of Stage I and Stage II:

Residential Customer Restrictions (Bilingual) -

- Customers with addresses ending in an EVEN number can water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays only, before 6a.m. and after 8p.m., for no more than 10 minutes per station per occurrence
- Customers with addresses ending in an ODD number can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only, before 6a.m. and after 8p.m., for no more than 10 minutes per station per occurrence
- Irrigation may not occur during and within 48 hours after measureable rainfall
- Don't allow for overspray, or run off greater than 5 minutes
- Shut Off Nozzles are required when using a hose
- Washing down of hardscapes (driveways, sidewalks, etc.) is not permitted
- Fix all leaks within a timely manner
- If you have a fountain or water feature the water must be re-circulated
-Swimming pools, ornamental pools, fountains and artificial lakes shall not be filled or refilled after being drained, unless prior approval is obtained from the City (regular filling to maintain water levels is allowed)
- Washing of automobiles, boats, trailers, aircraft, and other types of mobile equipment is prohibited, except at a commercial car wash utilizing recycling systems

Non-residential customer (Commercial, Industrial, & Institutional) restrictions -
 
- Restaurants shall not serve water to customers except upon specific customer request
- Washing down of hardscapes is not permitted unless necessary for public health
- On-site washing of vehicles is not allowed unless necessary for public health, or if a water recycling system is used
- Fix all leaks within a timely manner
- If you have a fountain or water feature the water must be re-circulated
-Swimming pools, ornamental pools, fountains and artificial lakes shall not be filled or refilled after being drained, unless prior approval is obtained from the City

- Schools may only water on odd numbered days of the month, before 6a.m. and after 11p.m., for no more than 15 minutes per station per occurrence.
-Publicly-owned properties may only water on even numbered days of the month, before 6a.m. and after 11p.m, for no more than 15 minutes per station per occurrence
- Irrigation may not occur during and within 48 hours after measureable rainfall
- Don't allow for overspray or run off greater than 5 minutes

All other customer types, please see above for irrigation restrictions:
- Reduce potable water use by 25% of the prior year's consumption
 
- Operators of hotels and motels must provide guests the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily, and shall prominently display notice of this option
- Potable water use for compaction, dust control, and other types of construction are allowed by permit only



Violations:

First Violation: Notice of Non-Compliance - A written warning accompanied by a copy of regulations
Second Violation: Warning - A second written warning with notification of future penalties
Third Violation - $100 surcharge
Fourth Violation - $200 surcharge
Fifth Violation - $500 surcharge

It is NOT the city’s intent to penalize citizens for overuse of water, but rather, to educate them on efficient irrigation and suitable landscape for Colton’s arid climate. Visit IEfficient.com for helpful information, and be sure to check out our rebate program. We appreciate your understanding in our efforts to  be a more efficient community, and reduce water waste.
To apply for an exemption permit to any of our restrictions, please submit the permit form, with supporting documentation, to the Conservation Section at the Public Works Yard, 160 S 10th St.

Staff are on duty keeping an eye out for water waste, but they can use your help. To report water waste in your community, send us an email at , or call (909)370-6145. There is now an iEfficient mobile app for reporting water waste, available in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.  

 


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