On August 19th, the city of San Clemente declared a Level 1 Water Watch shortage alert.  This comes on the heels of the Governors orders to strengthen the CA’s ability to manage and conserve water effectively in drought conditions and during emergency situations.

With the implementation of a level 1 water watch alert, San Clemente water customers will be required to fix all leaks within 48 hours, and are encouraged to reduce irrigation, and wash cars at a commercial facility that recirculates its water instead of at home.

In addition our year round water waste restrictions are to:

    • Plumbing and irrigation leaks must be fixed within 48 hours
    • Outdoor watering is prohibited between 9am and 6pm. Watering during these hours is permitted, however, if done by hand using a hose with a automatic shutoff nozzle, if by drip irrigation, or if controlled by a weather-based or sensor-based irrigation controller.
    • Overspray and runoff is prohibited
    • Hoses must be equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle to wash vehicles and structures and all wash water must be prevented from entering the stormdrain.
    • Washing impervious surfaces with a hose is prohibited
    • Food and beverage service facilities shall not serve water to customers except up on request of the customers.

The City of San Clemente’s goal is to educate residents of the drought issue however failure to comply to the above regulations after a initial notification is made can result in a fine.  The drought CA faces today is serious and threatens our way of life in this state.

Each person plays a role in the reduction of water use behaviors.  Here is a list of things you can do to help both the environment, the economy and our state residents:

  • Zeroscape your yard by planting plants native to CA
  • Eliminate irrigated lawn areas
  • Water your yard less
  • Adjust sprinklers so they do not spray sidewalks, driveways of the street
  • Always use a shutoff nozzle on outdoor hoses
  • use a broom to clean paved surfaces
  • Reduce time spent in the shower
  • Turn the water off when you brush your teeth
  • Look into rebates from the state to save you money