Valley’s City Water Restrictions Being Removed




IMPERIAL COUNTY —  The state of California has given residents an avenue to relax required conservation efforts, according to a press release issued by the city of El Centro.

City officials stated the water days are no longer in effect thanks to conservation efforts by residents and near average rainfall during the last winter in the northern portion of the state.

“I know this has been an extremely difficult time for our residents. In many cases these water restrictions have affected both quality of life and residential property values; however, I am proud of our residents and city for doing our part to adhere to the Governor’s mandate,” said El Centro Mayor Jason Jackson.

El Centro residents were still encouraged to practice all other “good housekeeping” restrictions.

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Imperial also lifted water restrictions at the council’s special meeting Wednesday. The council voted to lift the watering day restrictions. The city code delineated when a resident could water by whether their address was odd or even. El Centro had odd and even days for watering. Imperial residents can water any day of the week now.

Imperial must still meet the mandated conservation quota dictated by the state of California. Water conservation enforcement is still active in the Imperial community according to the city manager. If state mandated water reduction levels are not met, Imperial will re-instate a water schedule, pending State review.

For further water restriction clarification email Alexis Brown at for information.

Brawley’s water reduction regulations end October 16 according to Brawley City Manager Rosanna Bayon Moore. Brawley caught a break as the Executive Order to reduce 25 percent of use came just as the National Beef plant was shutting down. The processing plant happened to register between 25 and 30 percent of Brawley’s water use, so Brawley, without any citizen restrictions, easily met the new state levels.

All Brawley residents were asked to do to follow the state requirements, was to not water landscapes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Moore said no tickets were issued to anybody in town for water violations, and the restriction was voluntary.

Calexico and Holtville never imposed any watering restrictions on their residents aside from the state mandate.

These following restrictions coming from Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-37-16 are still in effect:

*Hosing off sidewalks, driveways, and other hardscapes.

*Washing automobiles with hoses not equipped with a shut-off nozzle.

*Using non-recirculated water in a fountain or other decorative water feature.

*Watering lawns in a manner that causes runoff, or within 48 hours after measurable precipitation

*Irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians.