Ordinance No. 2014-101 Water Conservation

Ordinance No. 2014 – 101


The State of California continues to be in a severe statewide drought. The State Water Resources Control Board on July 15, 2014 adopted Resolution No. 2014-0038 for emergency regulations of statewide urban water conservation. These regulations went into effect statewide on August 1, 2014. This resolution covers all Californians statewide regardless of local drought and water table conditions. The new regulations are intended to reduce outdoor urban water use. In addition to the prohibited actions listed below, the Governor has called on all California households to reduce their water consumption by 20%. Water companies with 3,000 service connections are required to report monthly water consumption to the State Water Resources Control Board. Arrowhead Villas currently is required to report our water consumption annually. However, if the drought continues into 2015, we’ll most likely be required to conform to this requirement. As residents of Arrowhead Villas, let’s all do our part to reduce our overall water consumption before we are faced with additional regulations, mandatory water rationing, and possible fines. The Arrowhead Villas Mutual Service Company Board of Directors has approved a water conservation plan incorporating these regulations.

The Resolution prohibits the following:
• Washing down driveways and sidewalks.
• Watering outdoor landscapes that cause excessive runoff.
• Outdoor irrigation is limited to two days a week. Hand watering is allowed 7 days a week providing the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.
• Using a hose to wash a vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.
• Using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated.

Our water situation is serious. AVMSC is asking our shareholders and tenants to do the following to protect our water resource to reduce their overall water consumption.

• Protect against frozen pipes. Install and utilize shut-off valves on the customer side of the meter, and then drain your on-site water system when you leave. Insulate water pipes outside the structure and in the crawl space beneath the structure.
• Install low-flow showerheads and toilet tank displacement devices.
• Repair leaky faucets and valves. A leaky faucet can waste up to 1,500 gallons per
month. A leaky toilet which you may not hear can waste up to 60 – 70 gallons a day.
• Use buckets instead of running hoses to wash vehicles, equipment and structures.
• Use brooms rather than hoses to clean sidewalks, decks and driveways. A pressure washer can be used to clean the deck.

By appointment, the Arrowhead Villas Operations Manager (Mr. Ron Fussell) will conduct a free water audit. The AVMSC.com website also has water conservation tips.