The concern of low water elevation in the Nacimiento Reservoir is almost an annual occurrence during the Fall season. The reservoir is dependent on annual rainfall runoff. The reservoir has the most active watershed in the State and can reach capacity during one wet season. Conversely, low rainfall years severely impact the amount of water collected each winter. Historically, the reservoir has gone through multiple years of high water elevations and corresponding multiple years with low water elevations.
At the July 15, 2021 Regular Board meeting, the Board of Directors approved Resolution 21-07 Declaring Drought Conditions and Implementing Emergency Water Shortage Regulations and Staged Water Use Reduction Plan.
Nacimiento Reservoir is the only water supply for Heritage Ranch. As of July 16, 2021 the lake elevation is at 718 ft. Last year at this time the lake was at 750 ft. At this level we are in Stage II of the Districts' Water Shortage Conservation Ordinance.
Stage II - Awareness
Trigger Condition: Reservoir level between 720′ - 700′ mean sea level.
In addition to the water conservation measures established in Stage I, the following prohibitions are adopted by the Board of Directors, with the goal of achieving a minimum of fifteen percent (15%) reduction in water consumption:
a) Outside irrigation is allowed only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Zone 1 locations as follows: Tracts 0446, 0447, 0475, 0693, 1063, 1094, 1910.
b) Outside irrigation is allowed only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in Zone 2 locations as follows: Tracts 0050, 0424, 0452, 0474, 0720, 0721, 0999, 1990.
c) Any leak forgiveness policy that may be in effect is eliminated.
d) All outside irrigation may only occur between the hours of 8:00 pm and 7:00 am.
e) District may offer incentives/rebates for the replacement of high-water using appliances and plumbing fixtures.
f) The District may notify customers via mail and signs throughout the District to alert customers of the potential drought conditions.
g) The District may increase their efforts to inform and educate the public on water conservation methods.
h) In addition to those measures stated above, the Board of Directors, by resolution and/or ordinance, may adopt additional water conservation measures on an urgency basis.
i) The General Manager shall provide notice to all District customers regarding the Board of Directors declaration of water awareness condition and activation of Stage II Water Conservation Program. Such notice shall be mailed within fourteen (14) days of the Board's action. However, failure to mail the notice within this fourteen (14) day time shall not invalidate the Board's action.
3) Water conservation standards below shall apply to all customers and property served by the District within the District's Water Service Area boundaries, and are in effect always:
a) The General Manager is directed to provide concentrated public education of the water use prohibitions outlined below for equity and consistency:
i) Irrigating outdoors during and within 48 hours following measurable rainfall is prohibited.
ii) Irrigation with potable water outside of newly constructed homes and buildings that is inconsistent with regulations or other requirements established by the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development is prohibited.
iii) Washing vehicles, boats, trailers or other types of mobile equipment is highly discouraged and may only be done when the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use.
iv) Potable water use that results in excessive water flow or runoff onto an adjoining driveway, street, gutter, ditch or green belt is prohibited.
v) The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature may only occur where the water is part of a recirculating system.
vi) Excessive use, loss or escape of water through breaks, leaks or other malfunctions in the customers’ plumbing or distribution system for any period of time after such escape of water should have reasonably been discovered and corrected and in no event more than ten days after written notification by the District, is prohibited.
vii) The District will pursue a vigorous public information program about water supply conditions and the need to reduce water consumption by such means deemed appropriate by the General Manager.