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Templeton implements mandatory water conservation measures 

The Templeton Community Services District Board of Directors at their regular Board meeting of Tuesday, March 4, 2014, adopted an ordinance amending the district’s water conservation standards. The directors have also declared a Level l water supply shortage. As a result, mandatory water reductions begin in April of this year.

Mandatory minimum water conservation requirements

templeton water restrictions1. Restaurants and other food establishments shall serve water only upon request.

2. Hotels, inns, motels, and bed and breakfasts establishments must provide customers with the option of not having towels and linen laundered daily. Commercial lodging establishments must prominently display notice of this option in each bathroom using clear and easily understood language.

3. New or remodeled restaurants are prohibited from using non-water conserving dish wash spray valves.

4. Irrigation of commercial landscapes shall not occur between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., except for the renovation or repair of the irrigation system with an operator present, and except for bubbler and drip irrigation. This requirement was triggered as the district has initiated a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage that targets an additional 10-percent reduction in water use.

• Even number addresses may irrigate only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
• Odd number addresses may irrigate only on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

5. All wasting of water will be prohibited. Examples of water wasting include but are not limited to: washing streets, sidewalks or driveways down instead of sweeping; letting hoses run open and/or without a controlling device at the end; and outside watering or irrigation practices that result in water running off the property. The only exceptions are when the following conditions exist:

a. To alleviate safety or sanitary hazards, and then only by use of a hand-held bucket or similar container, or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off device.
b. When recycled or re-purpose water is used.
c. When a low-volume, high-pressure cleaning machine or a low-volume high-pressure water broom is used.

Please call the Templeton Community Services District Office at (805) 434-4900, or visit the District’s website for more information and water conservation tips at:

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