Water Conservation Plan to Allow Irrigation Watering any Day of the Week 5-18-17

On May 18th 2017 the Council Waived the Second Reading and Adopted Ordinance No. 801 Amending the Coalinga Municipal Code related to the Water Conservation Plan to allow irrigation watering any day of the week. This ordinance will take place 30 Days from passage.

The City has an abundant supply of water through 2017. Consequently, water customers may be allowed to use adequate water in a responsible manner to keep landscape green. However, the existing Stage 1 Ordinance limits watering to three specified days per week. The result is that customers must know what day it is to water, and the restriction suggests the consequence of enforcement in the event customers water on the wrong day. Amending the Stage 1 Ordinance to allow watering any day allows customers to use water when they want, and removes the need for enforcement for watering on a wrong day.

Allowing watering any day does not allow water to be wasted. Other language in the Ordinance remains unchanged: No watering during the heat of the day, no hosing of driveways, no water running to street gutters, and shut-off nozzles must be used.

Additional incremental water sales and the resultant revenue will be beneficial to the water system to cover increased operating costs and needed system projects, although the greatest revenue benefit has already been achieved through the conversion from Stage 2 to Stage 1.

Allowing watering any day will be beneficial to the water system operationally because the demand on the water plant will be more consistent day to day, avoiding the 24 hour suspension of irrigation on Thursdays under the current Stage 1.

Coalinga Returns to Stage 1 Watering 4-20-17

Sec. 6-4C.06. - Stage I Prohibitions and restrictions—Standard conservation alert.

The following restrictions shall be applicable throughout the year unless the City Council determines that an increased conservation effort shall be implemented (stage 2 or 3):

(a)There shall be no hose washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas, patios, porches or verandas.

(b)No water shall be used to clean, fill, operate or maintain levels in decorative fountains unless such water is part of a recirculation system.

(c)No water customer shall permit water to leak on his or her premises. Such leak shall be repaired in a timely manner after written notification by the City, but in no case in excess of seventy-two (72) hours after notification.

(d)Designated times and days of irrigation:

(1)No water customer shall sprinkle, water, or irrigate any shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, groundcovers, plants, vines, gardens, vegetables, flowers, or any other landscaped or vegetated areas between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. This provision shall not apply to equestrian and livestock businesses, dairies, nurseries, golf courses, or other water-dependent industries.

(2)Residential addresses ending in an even number may use water on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. Residential addresses ending in an odd numbers and nonresidential (irrespective of address) may use water on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

(3)No irrigation shall occur on Thursdays.

(4)The use of a handheld hose with a shut-off valve shall be permitted at any time.

(e)The use of water from fire hydrants shall be limited to fire fighting and related activities necessary to maintain the public health, safety and welfare. An exception may be made for construction use through a proper City-designated meter where recycled water is not available.

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

Please click on a link listed below to access the Annual Drinking Water Report also known as the Consumerr Confidence Report (CCR). Please feel free to call the Water Treatment Plant at  935-2981 for any questions that you may have.

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Free Water Conservation Kits

Free Water Conservation Kits

The City of Coalinga Comprehensive Water Conservation Kit is a water saving kit developed to decrease water consumption and combat declining ground and surface water levels.

Do your part to help us conserve our valley’s greatest resource, water! Please visit City Hall at 155 W. Durian Avenue and pick up your free Water Conservation Kit today! (Proof of residency is required)

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Stage 2 Water Conservation Efforts in Effect

Stage 2 – Key Water Conservation Measures
The following water conservation measures are needed to make the most of our water
supply, which has been reduced by 37% because of the drought. More than 70% of our
annual water use takes place outside the home. The measures below will help us make
the most of our precious water supply this year.
1. There shall be no water hose washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways,
parking areas, patios, porches or verandas.
2. Outdoor watering for lawns and gardens is restricted to the following schedule:
a. No outdoor watering on Sunday, Monday and Thursday.
b. No outdoor watering between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m Sunday - Saturday.
c. Even addresses outdoor watering is allowed on Tuesday and Friday.
d. Odd addresses and non-residential customers (irrespective of address
outdoor watering is allowed on Wednesday and Saturday.
3. Emptying your swimming pool requires permission and will only be granted one
time during a 12-month period.
4. The use of a water hose for outdoor watering with a shut-off valve shall be
permitted at any time.
5. Failure to follow these measures and the other measures in the City’s Water
Conservation Ordinance will lead to an initial warning and then monetary fine and
up to shutting off your water service.
We are going to share information with the community weekly on how we are doing.
We hope that by sharing this information we may not have to go to Stage 3 where there
is no watering outside whatsoever.
Please do what you can to conserve water!

Stage 2 – Key Water Conservation Measures

The following water conservation measures are needed to make the most of our water supply, which has been reduced by 37% because of the drought. More than 70% of our annual water use takes place outside the home.

The measures below will help us make the most of our precious water supply this year

1. There shall be no water hose washing of sidewalks, walkways,  driveways,parking areas, patios, porches or verandas.

2. Outdoor watering for lawns and gardens is restricted to the following  schedule:

a. No outdoor watering on Sunday, Monday and Thursday.

b. No outdoor watering between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m Sunday -  Saturday.

c. Even addresses outdoor watering is allowed on Tuesday and Friday.

d. Odd addresses and non-residential customers (irrespective of  addressoutdoor watering is allowed on Wednesday and Saturday.

3. Emptying your swimming pool requires permission and will only be granted onetime during a 12-month period.

4. The use of a water hose for outdoor watering with a shut-off valve shall  be permitted at any time.

5. Failure to follow these measures and the other measures in the City’s Water Conservation Ordinance will lead to an initial warning and then monetary fine  and up to shutting off your water service.

We are going to share information with the community weekly on how we are doing. We hope that by sharing this information we may not have to go to Stage 3 where thereis no watering outside whatsoever.

Please do what you can to conserve water!