North State water district enacts aggressive conservation plan

Mar 30, 2015 7:35 PM by News Staff

With California entering its fourth year of drought and federal water allocations at an all-time low, the Bella Vista Water District has moved into Stage 3 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan.

The Bella Vista Water District has a water service contract for 24,578 acre-feet from the Central Valley Project annually, but will receive only 1,829 acre-feet.

Last year, the district's customers significantly reduced water use after entering mandatory water conservation in March, but the low allocations and extraordinary drought conditions have prompted new rules.

Stage Three, which is classified as a severe shortage, calls on residents to reduce water use to not more than 75 percent of their average historical. Commercial customers are limited to 80 percent of their average historical use.

Additionally, outdoor watering can only be done three days a week. Water customers whose street addresses end with an odd number may water Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Water customers whose street addresses end with an even number may water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.


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