Cal Water Service Rolls Back to Stage 1 of Water Shortage Contingency Plan
On May 8, 2023, California Water Service (Cal Water) submitted a filing with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to rescind Stage 2 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan because of improved drought conditions and increased water supply throughout its districts. Stage 1 became effective immediately but remains subject to a 30-day review period by the CPUC.
Although Cal Water has moved to Stage 1, customers must continue to observe any city or county landscape irrigation ordinances in effect. Cal Water also encourages customers to remain vigilant about their water use and, in particular, ensure landscaping actually needs water before irrigating it.
Some outdoor water-use restrictions remain in place, including:
No watering of non-functional turf at commercial, industrial, and institutional properties.
Watering only between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.
No watering of outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
Only washing vehicles with a hose that has a shutoff nozzle or similar device, or at a car wash that uses recycled water.
No watering driveways, sidewalks, or other paved areas, unless for health and safety purposes.
Cal Water’s conservation rebates and programs will also continue, including a $3-per-square-foot rebate for lawn-to-garden conversions, a 50 cents-per-square-foot rebate for spray-to-drip conversions, and its popular Smart Landscape Tune Up Program. For a complete list of rebates, programs, and water-use restrictions, visit calwater.com/conservation.