City of Shasta Lake makes water waste violations a criminal offense

REDDING, Calif. - The city of Redding and the City of Shasta Lake are enacting new restrictions on outdoor water use.   The water limits are in response to the state's emergency conservation regulations to address California's drought.

Both cities will start enforcing limits on the hours during which water users can run landscaping irrigation.


The Redding City Council approved the following water regulations at its meeting Tuesday night.  The rules were listed in the packet of information provided to council for consideration, and linked on the water department's website.

To promote water conservation, the following actions are prohibited:
1.  The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes that causes runoff.
2.  The use of a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless a shut-off nozzle is attached.
3.  Application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks.
4.  Use of potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a re-circulating system.

Outdoor irrigation with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems is permitted only between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Redding water customers whose street address end with an odd number may water only on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and only within the permitted time period.

Redding water customers whose street addresses end with an even number may water only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and only within the permitted time period.

There is no watering allowed on Monday.

Low volume outdoor irrigation of landscaping by means of a hand-held hose with a manual or automatic shut-off nozzle operated by one person, a bucket or water can with a capacity of five gallons or less, or a manually operated drip irrigation system is permitted only between the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Water service to maintain parks, cemeteries and other public facilities shall comply with the restrictions.  Water service for construction projects shall be addressed on a case by case basis.

Violations may be punishable by a fine $500 for each violation.


The City of Shasta Lake City Council approved a series of water restrictions at Tuesday's meeting.
1.  Landscape irrigation is limited to three nights per week, only between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
2.  Water from landscape irrigation shall not run off to adjoining property or to a roadside ditch or gutter
3.  Water shall not be used for ornamental fountains or ponds
4.  For currently developed parcels, no new landscape irrigation systems shall be installed
5.  No water shall be used to wash driveways, sidewalks, parking lots or similar hard surfaces
6.  Customers must repair leaks in plumbing systems within 24 hours of being notified by the city
7.  Cars or other vehicles shall not be washed by hose without a shutoff nozzle
8.  Restaurants shall not serve drinking water unless specifically requested by the customer
9.  Water shall not be used for construction, dust control, building wash down, where non-potable/recycled water is sufficient
10.  Use of water to maintain levels in swimming pools or evaporative coolers is prohibited unless a recycling system is used.

According to a news release, violations are considered a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, imprisonment for a period of up to 30 days, or a combination of both.  The city may also install a flow restrictor on the customer's service or shut off water service.

The city has indoor and outdoor water conservation kits available to all city customers.  The indoor kit includes a low-flow shower head, faucet aerators, pipe tape, a toilet tank bank and leak detection dye tablets.  The outdoor kits include a 7-spray hose nozzle, hose timer, moisture meter, ran and sprinkler gauge and garden hose repair kit.

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