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Newhall County Water District amends watering schedule

District adds three unique changes to drought resolution

Posted: August 15, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 15, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Anyone who gets their water from Newhall County District Water doesn’t have to worry about the proposed watering schedule as long as they shut off their sprinklers and use a garden hose to water their yards, according a resolution adopted by the District’s board Thursday.

The board endorsed a resolution similar to the one adopted Wednesday by its fellow water retailer — the Santa Clarita Water District — calling for a three-day weekly watering schedule designed to meet state mandated water regulations.

The only big difference to the plan adopted Thursday in Newhall, is that the NCWD plan includes three unique amendments.

The board amended a resolution — which exempts people who use potable water for “trees and gardens grown for personal food consumption” — to include people who hand water their yard.

Board members also passed an amendment that puts a limit of $5,000 for how much a person can be hit with a $500 a day fine.

And, in a third approved amendment, the whole watering schedule “self-destructs” after 270 days of passing which works out to a “self-destruct” date of May 12, 2015.

“We want to make sure this is a carrot instead of a stick,” said District board President B.J. Atkins in closing.

“Our philosophy is to educate people about conserving water,” he said earlier in the night. “We really do not want to be the water police.”

Late last month, water officials unveiled two proposed landscape-watering schedules — a summer schedule and a winter one — that were expected to be endorsed by local water agencies charged with enforcing California’s new water-use regulations.

Residents could water their yards only three days a week during the summer schedule — April to October — and two days a week during the winter schedule — November to March. The days of the week would be determined by their addresses.

The plan at the start of Thursday’s NCWD board meeting was for everyone in the Santa Clarita Valley to be on the same watering schedule.

And, aside from the extra leniency awarded Thursday to NCWD customers, everyone is still on the same schedule.

If your home has an odd-numbered address, you can water your lawn only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between now and October.

If you live at an address that has an even number, your allotted watering days are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Some residents can water their yards any day they want.

If you can prove you are consuming 20 percent less water than you were a year ago, then you are exempt and do not have to worry about the following the restricted water schedule.

Also exempt are people who irrigate gardens maintained for “personal consumption” and those participating in turf removable programs such as the Lawn Replacement Program offered by the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

And, now, if you’re a NCWD ratepayer, people who hand-water their yard are exempt as well.


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