This July, roughly 58% of California was considered to be experiencing an “exceptional ” drought, the harshest on a 5 point scale. Half of California is in this state, including San Diego, and conditions are the WORST THEY HAVE EVER BEEN in state history (LA Times, 2014).
According to the San Diego County Water Authority, wasting waster is illegal. Here is a recap of the ordinance.
Limit outdoor watering days and times to no more than 3 days per week.
Water waste resulting from inefficient landscape irrigation is prohibited.
Washing down paved surfaces is prohibited.
Water only during the late evening (after 6) or early morning hours (before 10).
Eliminate runoff from irrigation systems… Fix the problem within 72 hours.
Wash vehicles at a commercial car wash or by using a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle or with a hand-held water container.
Turn off water fountains and other water features unless they use recycled water.
Use hoses with shut-off valves
Serving water to restaurant patrons only upon request is required as well as offering hotel guests the option of not laundering towels and linens daily
Use recycled or non-potable water for construction when available