Our board must decide April 28 how to respond to the biggest water shortage emergency that has occurred in the 50-year history of the State Water Project. There is regulatory pressure to restrict residential landscape watering to one day per week, or less.
Mandatory water conservation measures are being imposed on us by the State and intermediate suppliers, Metropolitan Water District and Calleguas Municipal Water District. The most impactful requirement, that residential landscape watering be limited to one day per week, was imposed by MWD on April 26. This evening, Calleguas adopted Resolution 2042 imposing that same requirement on all its customers:
For those purveyors [includes Crestview] that do not limit landscape water use, or who inadequately enforce the limitation, a penalty of up to $2,000 per acre foot [which would more than double the cost Crestview’s purchased water] shall be assessed on all potable water provided by Calleguas sourced from Metropolitan’s water supplies. The first phase of the EWCP is effective immediately upon adoption of this Resolution and penalties for non-compliance shall be assessed beginning June 1, 2022. A purveyor can avoid the landscape water use restriction, and the penalties for non-compliance, if it takes, and can demonstrate, sufficient action to eliminate its use of Metropolitan supplies at its designated connections to Calleguas.
There does not appear to be anything in the MWD or Calleguas actions that limits agricultural consumption, and nobody representing agricultural users made public comments.
Crestview’s general manager is proposing to restrict landscape watering to three days per week, which, he estimates, would reduce our consumption enough to eliminate all purchases of imported water. If this does not reduce our consumption by at least 20%, we still have to buy water from Calleguas and be subject to Calleguas restrictions–and our lawns will die. Board issues include whether these cut-backs are enough, whether and how to police and punish violations, and what to do instead of—or in addition to—these proposed actions.
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