In response to improved conditions, the Board of Directors moved JCSD to a Drought Response Level 1 – Drought Watch Condition on April 24, 2023. With this easing of drought restrictions, all water users are requested to voluntarily reduce their water use and conserve. The JCSD Board of Directors also rescinded its 2021 Water Supply Alert at the same meeting. The press statement regarding these actions can be read here.
JCSD's customers are asked to continue to follow year-round water-use efficiency best practices, summarized below.
- Water only between 8:00 pm and 8:00 am for no more than 10 minutes per day per station
- Upgrade to water-saving devices and landscaping
- Repair all leaks
- Use a shut-off nozzle when washing a vehicle
- Do not allow runoff
- Do not water during and 48 hours after measurable rainfall
- Do not hose down hard surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and gutters
- Only serving drinking water upon request at restaurants or public places where food is served
Effective June 2022, the State Water Resources Control Board banned irrigation of non-functional turf for all commercial, industrial, and institutional customers. Non-functional turf is a ground cover surface of mowed grass that is ornamental and not otherwise used for human recreation purposes. This ban does not include residential turf or turf used as school fields, sports fields, parks, etc.
If you have any questions regarding drought regulations or water conservation programs, please call (951)727-8002 or email SaveWater@JCSD.us
Drought Regulation Details
- Are pool covers required?
No, but they are recommended to help reduce evaporation.
- Can I still wash my car, or do I have to go to a carwash?
You can still wash your car at home as long as you use a hose fitted with a nozzle with an automatic shut-off valve.
- How do I report water waste?
For JCSD to take action on a water waste report, a photo or video that clearly shows the water waste and the source of the violation must be submitted. For example, providing a photo of water in a street gutter that does not identify which property the waste is coming from would not be sufficient. To submit a report, please do one of the following:
- Is it okay to drain and fill swimming pools?
JCSD does not have any restrictions for draining or filling swimming pools.
- Is there a target for customers to reduce water use?
JCSD calls upon its customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 10%. In addition, we ask customers to significantly reduce their water usage by adhering to the 4 days per week watering schedule and following the other provisions within JCSD's Drought Response Level 1.
- What is JCSD doing to conserve water?
JCSD will no longer be watering ornamental turf located in street medians. We have also reduced the number of days parks are watered. However, because parks provide recreational activities, we will continue to maintain functional turf for community's enjoyment while adhering to drought regulations. JCSD is in the process of developing a Recycled Water Project that will improve our water supply reliability and conserve potable water.
- What are the restrictions for restaurants and hotels?
- Restaurants or public places where food is served shall not serve drinking water to a customer unless requested.
- Hotels and motels must give guests the option of choosing not to have their linens laundered daily.
- What are the watering/irrigation restrictions?
For a complete list of all conservation measures, please see Ordinance Number 389.
- When will recycled water be available?
JCSD tentatively expects to serve a portion of its customers with recycled water by 2024. For project updates and more information, please see our Recycled Water Project page.
- Why are the Parks watered in the middle of the afternoon during the summer?
You may be referring to the over seeding process required to revive heavily used turf area that has been damaged or over used. Our goal is to maintain the parks for the enjoyment of the entire community and continue to follow the drought restrictions. Reseeding will only be conducted if it can be done while complying with drought regulations.
- Why can't I put in artificial turf?
Both cities allow artificial turf; however, artificial turf is not ideal for our area since it heats to dangerous temperatures in the sun and leaks chemicals into the soil. Most brands of artificial turf do not allow as much rainfall to permeate into our precious groundwater reserve as native or drought-tolerant landscaping would, so JCSD does not offer any rebate incentives for switching to artificial turf.
- Will JCSD be issuing fines?
JCSD is currently at Drought Response Level 1, which means provisions are voluntary. JCSD will continue to provide educational material, rebates, and inform customers of water waste by utilizing several methods including, but not limited to, personal contact, door hanger, letter, e-mail, or phone to notify customers of correctable issues.
- Will there be a hold on new developments during the drought?
At this time, developments are still being approved by each city we serve; however, for questions regarding the planning, design, review, and construction inspection of water and sewer facilities, or the facilitation of streetlights for developer-funded projects, please contact our Development Engineering Services department.