A California Water Service Company public workshop on the company's proposed drought restrictions and ways customers can reduce water use will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Las Lomitas Elementary School's Cano Hall, 299 Alameda de las Pulgas in Atherton.
Cal Water's Bear Gulch district covers Atherton, Portola Valley, most of Woodside, and parts of Menlo Park and Redwood City.
The district has been ordered to cut overall water consumption in the district by 36 percent from 2013 levels by February 2016.
Cal Water has asked the state Public Utilities Commission to approve its drought plan, effective June 1, which proposes a "water budget" based on a reduction from past use for each customer, with penalties for using more than the budgeted amount of water.
Penalties would also be charged for "misuse or waste" of water, with repeat or egregious violations punished by the installation of flow restricting devices or cutting off of service.
The proposed plan, which Cal Water Bear Gulch District manager Dawn Smithson said the state PUC is expected to decide on by May 28, says the minimum water budget will be 600 cubic feet of water, or 4,488 gallons a month per customer. That minimum is set, the plan says, at 55 gallons per person per day, multiplied by the average number of persons in a household in our area according to federal census data.
Ms. Smithson said the water district is also asking the cities and towns the district covers to adopt the rules as local laws.