EMWD Water Shortage Response Grid
Currently in Stage 2: Supply Alert as of 07/2021
|Stage 1||Supply Watch||Voluntary Reduction of water use up to 10%||Customers who stay within budget are charged at the same rates in tier 1 and 2|
|Supply Alert||Voluntary reduction of water use of up to 25%||Customers who stay within budget are charged at the lowest rates in tier 1 and 2|
|Stage 3||Mandatory Waste Reduction||Enforced through changes to the water budget-based tiered rates throughout Stage 3 as follows:|
|Stage 3a||No variances or adjustments allowed for filling swimming pools, establishing landscape, or leaks not repaired within 48 hours||Customer excessive budget rates reduced by 50%|
|Stage 3b||Mandatory Water Waste Reduction||Budgets reduced by 50 percent
||Customer excessive budget rates reduced by 50%|
|Stage 3c||Budgets eliminated||Customer tier 3 budgets are eliminated|
|Stages 4 & 5
||Mandatory Outdoor and Indoor Reductions||Reduces customers’ water budgets by varying amounts, depending on the severity of the shortage||Customer water budget reduced. Customers going over budget will be charged at a higher Tier 4 rate|
EMWD is asking customers to voluntary reduce their water use in line with Governor Newsom’s request for a 25 percent reduction compared to last year.
Voluntary reduction of up to 25 percent is encouraged through the on-going enforcement of water use efficiency requirements, EMWD’s water budget-based tiered rates, and penalties for run off. Required customer actions include:
1. Reduce watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated areas with sprinklers by one day a week. Visit https://landscapesforliving.emwd.org/ to learn more.
2. All leaks, breaks, or other malfunctions in the water user’s plumbing or distribution system repaired within seventy-two hours.
3. Refrain from filling or re-filling of ornamental lakes or ponds.
4. Refrain from using potable water to wash or clean a vehicle, including but not limited to, any automobile, truck, van, bus, motorcycle, boat or trailer, whether motorized or not.