Making Water Conversation a Way of Life

water-conservation

In accordance with the City of Banning Ordinance No. 1489 and the State Water Resource Control Board, wasteful water use is prohibited. 

Following are guidelines put in place to support the water conservation efforts.

Outdoor Water Conservation Rules & Recommendations for Residents

•    Water during the cooler part of the day.  Ideal times are before 9:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m.  Less evaporation occurs in the cooler evening and early morning hours.
•    Water lawns to the extent that there is no runoff and wait at least 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
•    Lawn watering and landscape irrigating, including construction water use, are restricted as follows: customers with even-numbered street addresses shall water only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and customers with odd numbered street addresses shall water only Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
•    Broken sprinklers shall be repaired within 24 hours of notification.
•    Repair leaks as soon as possible.  If notified of a leak in your system, try to fix it within 5 working days.
•    When washing automobiles, use hoses with automatic shut-off nozzles. This helps you aim and control the water and can save many gallons. For better water conservation, use professional car washes which conserve water with recycling systems.
•    Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, or other hard surfaces.  Hosing should only be used when health and safety issues are a concern.
•    Consider replacing lawns and thirsty plants with drought-tolerant landscaping.
•    Use recirculated water in a fountain or other decorative water feature.

Outdoor Water Conservation Rules & Recommendations for Businesses

•    Eating and drinking establishments are to provide customers with water only upon request.
•    Hand dishwashing requires low-flow spray valves. Hand-held spraying fixtures for dishwashing should be fitted with low-flow spray valves that automatically shut off.
•    Make daily towel and linen service optional. Hotels must offer guests the option to help conserve water by having fresh towel and linen service only upon request.
•    Fire hydrant use. Use of fire hydrants by construction companies and watering trucks requires permission and a temporary construction water meter from the water utility where the hydrant is located.
•    Use recirculated water in a fountain or other decorative water feature.
•    Commercial, industrial and institutional properties, such as campuses, golf courses, and cemeteries shall implement water efficiency measures to reduce potable water usage in an amount consistent with the reduction target.
•    Emptying and refilling a swimming pool should take place only to prevent or repair structural damage or to comply with health regulations.
•    Parks and schools shall be watered on alternate days during the hours between sunset to sunrise.
•    The City of Banning strongly encourages Home Owner Associations (HOA) and other enforcement agencies to suspend code enforcement and fines for brown turf areas and encourage the replacement of turf areas with drought-tolerant landscaping

Civil Penalties

1. First Violation. For a first violation, the City shall issue a written notice of violation to the water user.
2. Second Violation. For a second violation, within a twelve-month period, a one-month surcharge of 25 percent of the previous month’s water bill will be imposed.
3. Third Violation. For a third violation, within a twelve-month period, a one-month surcharge of 50 percent of the previous month’s water bill will be imposed.
4. At the discretion of the City Manager, subsequent violations will continue with a penalty as described in Civil Penalties No. 3 or a penalty of up to $500 per day for which the violation occurs.

For additional information, refer to the links listed below:
California’s Official Water Conservation Page
California’s Water Conservation Page in Spanish
California Water Boards Fact Sheet