JURUPA VALLEY: Car wash ban, water police possible
The Jurupa Community Services District board will host a drought rules workshop Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m..
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What: The Jurupa Community Services District board will host a drought regulations workshop to outline strategies the district will use to meet the State Water Resources Control Board mandates to reduce water usage.
When: Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Where: District board room, 11201 Harrel St., Jurupa Valley
Eastvale and Jurupa Valley residents face the possibility of significant cutbacks on outdoor watering, a ban on washing vehicles at home and “water police” patrolling neighborhoods as part of a crackdown on water wasters.
These are some of the water-saving strategies Jurupa Community Services District officials will outline at a drought workshop set for Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m., General Manager Todd Corbin said Monday.
State water officials have ordered the district to cut its water usage by 32 percent from 2013 levels or face the likelihood of $10,000-per-day fines.
The Jurupa district provides water to Eastvale and much of Jurupa Valley. It has about 26,900 residential water connections in the two cities.
Because the district has added about 2,000 water connections since 2013, residential cutbacks would need to be between 35 to 40 percent to meet the state mandate, Corbin said.
“To meet those savings, you have to do a lot,” he said.
The district board has a five-level drought response plan in place that includes:
• A ban on hosing down paved surfaces including sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and patios.
• A requirement to irrigate lawns and landscaping at night and before dawn.
• A recommendation to install drought-tolerant plants in outdoor landscaping and water-saving devices in indoor plumbing.
The district is at level two, which limits outdoor watering to four days per week and allows it only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., Corbin said.
Board members may consider adopting a level three drought response, which would restrict outdoor watering to three days a week and require residents to have their vehicles washed at commercial car washes, Corbin said.
The board also will discuss hiring its own drought-enforcement officers or paying Eastvale and Jurupa Valley to hire more code enforcement officers to patrol neighborhoods to catch water scofflaws, Corbin said.
Initial efforts will be aimed at education and outreach.
“But repeat offenders could be fined,” he said.
Under the state mandate, commercial, industrial and institutional customers are required to cut back on water usage, but it is up to individual water districts to decide how much.
The district has already contacted businesses and industrial customers offering them rebate options to encourage water conservation, Corbin said. Options include waterless urinals, turf replacement and a free commercial water audit.