South San Francisco water reduction mandate is just 8 percent

South San Francisco, CA    April 19, 2015    By John Horgan  Water-Conservation

South San Francisco received some encouraging news on April 18. The state’s Water Resources Control Board announced a revised 2015 water rationing order for the community of 8 percent, one of the lowest such figures in the Bay Area. Some nearby communities have been saddled with the highest water reduction mandate of 36 percent. Hillsborough, for example, is in that very restrictive category. So are several small towns in the southern part of San Mateo County. In the end, diligent South San Francisco water consumers were rewarded for their previous conservation efforts in the water board’s latest drought emergency regulations. Californians, overall, have been ordered to reduce water use by 25 percent over 2013.



State Water Board Drought Year Water Actions


What’s Prohibited for Everyone

  • Using potable water to wash sidewalks & driveways
  • Runoff when irrigating with potable water
  • Using hoses with no shutoff nozzles to wash cars
  • Using potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water
  • Using outdoor irrigation during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation

What’s Required for Business

  • Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers on request
  • Hotels and Motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily

What Water Suppliers Must Do

  • Impose restrictions on outdoor irrigation
  • Notify customers about leaks that are within the customer’s control
  • Report on water use monthly
  • Report on compliance and enforcement

More information on the drought conditions, legislation, rebates, and other resources on this LINK HERE

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