BRAWLEY â€“ The Brawley City Council voted unanimously to adopt Urgency Ordinance No. 2014- 19.24-2, which prohibits wasteful use of water and establishes restrictions on water use.
This follows California State Governor Jerry Brownâ€™s April 25th executive order to strengthen the stateâ€™s ability to manage water and habitat effectively in drought conditions and called on all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve water.
The ordinance conserves the cityâ€™s water supply for the greatest public benefit and to reduce the quantity of water used by the cityâ€™s customers. It also states that wasteful use water should be eliminated.
Customers of the city shall observe the following regulations and restrictions on water use;
- No customer shall waste water.
- Use of potable water to irrigate turf, ground-cover, shrubbery, crops, vegetation, and trees between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or in such a manner as to result in runoff for more than 5 minutes;
- Use of potable water in outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff to non-irrigated areas, public walkways, roadways, parking lots, structures or an adjacent property;
- The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks, except to protect public health and safety;
- Allowing potable water to escape from breaks within a customerâ€™s plumbing system for more than 24 hours after the customer is notified or discovers the break;
- Washing vehicles by hose without a shutoff nozzle, except to wash such vehicles using recycling equipment;
- The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water in part of a recirculating system.
In the event of a Declared Water Shortage Emergency, more stringent water restrictions will be put in to place.
Enforcement for violating these restrictions is a written warning the first offense.
For a second violation, the customer will receive a final written warning.
Any subsequent violation will incur a $100 fine.
Any customer, corporation, business, or other entity that provides false information to the city as it does violation investigation will be guilty of a misdemeanor.
This ordinance is now a law and will be in place until April 25, 2015 when the Council will review results.