Conservation Requirements

The Need for Conservation Continues…

Water Use Restrictions Relaxed

On Monday, July 18, 2016, the VCMWD Board of Directors voted to move from the Level 2, Water “Alert” Condition back to a Level 1, Water “Watch” Condition.

Effectively immediately, there are no longer mandated restrictions for the days and duration of landscape irrigation (previously two days per week/10 minutes per station). This was made possible by a change in state regulations which allows water use restrictions to be based upon actual local water supply conditions.  VCMWD was able to certify to the state that it has 100% of the water it needs to serve all domestic, commercial and agricultural needs in its service area.

The new state regulations are in effect through the end of 2016. State mandated water use restrictions imposed beyond that point in time will depend on rainfall and snow pack in the upcoming winter of 2016-2017 and how well the state continues to do with conservation.

Even though the restrictions have been relaxed statewide, drought conditions still exist and it is important to continue following these Mandatory End-User Water Conservation Provisions:

  • Prevent landscape irrigation runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures;
  • Wash vehicles only using a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle;
  • Do not clean driveways, sidewalks or any hard surfaces with water;
  • Operate only recirculating fountains and decorative water features;
  • Do not water during and for 48 hours after measurable rainfall.

 As well as these voluntary conservation practices:

  • Take Shorter Showers;
  • Wash Full Loads of Laundry and Dishes;
  • Irrigate landscape before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., for a suggested three times per week, 10-minutes per station; and
  • Repair water leaks within 5 days of discovery or notification.

Landscaping: If you are considering new landscaping keep in mind that water-use restrictions could be re-imposed as early as next January, 2017.  Using landscape designs and plant materials which are more drought-tolerant should be considered. Please visit: www.watersmartsdlandscaping.org for design ideas.

Thank You So Much! Your conservation efforts over the last year have been outstanding as the District has consistently met or exceeded its water conservation targets.  These efforts, along with the investments you have made as ratepayers in developing San Diego’s regional water supplies, have played an important role in allowing the state to relax the conservation mandates. However, it is still very important to continue your water conservation efforts for the future. 

To help with that, please take a look at the Conservation/Rebate Information at our website www.vcmwd.org. For additional information, you can visit our website or contact us at 760-735-4500

Reading Your Water Meter

Information and diagrams on how to read your water meter can be obtained by contacting our office or visiting our website www.valleycenterwater.org. You will find the read date for your meter on your bill each month. With this information, you can track your usage during each month from the point that the meter is read by District personnel. If after reviewing the information, you still need assistance, please call us at 760-735-4502.

Reporting Water Waste

If you see water waste, please contact us at 760-735-4508 and leave a recorded message, or email waterwaste@vcmwd.org at any time with the address, time and nature of the water waste. With this information, we can raise awareness of the problem and assist with corrective action.

District Contacts 

For additional information, please feel free to contact:

Finance Department Number: 760-735-4502

TSAWR and CAFP customers please contact our Finance Department at 760-735-4502 if you have any questions or require additional information.

Once Again, Thank You for Your Commitment to Conservation!

The Board of Directors and Staff

Valley Center Municipal Water District



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