The California Water Service Company has a list of restrictions on water use during the drought, but doesn't have a final plan for how those restrictions will be enforced.
Dawn Smithson, local Cal Water manager, said the company will soon finalize enforcement measures for repeat violations. Those measures could include cutting off service, adding flow restrictors, or turning the cases over to other agencies such as police or code enforcement.
Cal Water says the following uses are no longer permitted:
● Excessive use of water when a utility has notified a customer in writing to repair broken or defective plumbing, sprinklers, watering or irrigation systems, and the customer has failed to make such repairs within five business days.
● Use of water that results in flooding or run-off in gutters or streets.
● Washing of vehicles except with the use of equipment (such as a positive-action shut-off nozzle) that avoids wasteful use, or to protect the health and safety of the public.
● Use of water for washing driveways, patios, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced areas, except when necessary to protect the health and safety of the public.
● Use of water for street cleaning with trucks, except for initial wash-down for construction purposes (if street sweeping is not feasible), or to protect the health and safety of the public.
● Use of water for construction purposes, such as consolidation of backfill, dust control, or other uses unless no other method can be used.
● Use of water for filling or refilling decorative lakes or ponds unless necessary to sustain aquatic life.
● Use of water for decorative fountains unless the fountain utilizes a recirculation system, such as an electric pump.
● Use of water for the filling or refilling of swimming pools, except as required by a government agency.
● Service of water by any restaurant except upon the request of the patron.
Ms. Smithson said that while Cal Water does not have the authority to issue fines, wasting water under the regulations issued in July by the State Water Resources Control Board is considered a criminal infraction. Cal Water's regulations include all the state water board restrictions as well as additional unauthorized uses of water.