The lack of rain and lower than normal snow pack, in most of South Eastern California is contributing to a fifth consecutive year of drought in most parts of California. In the southern Sierra Mountain Range which affects most of California in one way, didn’t receive what the north state received.
The most severely impacted areas are in the Central Valley, Central Coast and all of Southern California, which depend on the Sierras’ and the Central Valley Water Project from the North State for much needed water to supplement agriculture and domestic needs.
Here on the North Coast we are above normal rainfall for the 2015/16 rain season. However it does not mean that the drought is over. We should still be concerned about water conservation. The remaining year can still be very dry and hot.
The Willow Creek Community Services District is in a very unique situation compared to most of the state. Our watershed has received between 58 to 63 inches of rainfall this season compared to 27 inches in the 2014 rain year.
As you know the Governor of California, Jerry Brown proclaimed a State of Emergency still exists throughout all of our State (Executive Order B-29-15). With this order come some restrictions on water usage.
The Governor is requiring non urban water users with less than 3000 service connection in a water system of California to cut back on outside watering by twenty five percent (this percentage might be adjusted) from the 2013 water year.
- No watering or washing down driveways.
- Washing vehicles with nozzles on hoses only.
- No wasting water by prolonged leaks.
- Turning auto sprinklers off during rain storms and for two days after.
- Ornamental fountains must have a recirculation water pump.
No watering of outside ornamental plants and lawns will be in effect on Sundays this calendar year.
In the months of April through September, 25% reduction on outside watering from the 2013 water year.
October through December outside watering is limited to two days a week.
This will help the Willow Creek Community Services District to be in compliance with the Department of Water Resources mandate.
As part of this notification process, the Board of Directors of the Willow Creek Community Services District has implemented Ordinance 44, which has drought regulations, at the General Meeting of March 2016.
The implementation of Ordinance 44 will take effect on April 1st. 2016.
The Willow Creek Community Services District has no intention to levy any fine for over use of our precious resource; however water conservation is the right thing to do.
You will receive a stern letter if you do not comply with executive order B-29-15 and ordinance 44.
To be more efficient with outside watering, we recommend that you do not water between twelve noon and six p.m. This watering practice will be very beneficial and have a good outcome with your landscape.
The District will also be doing its’ part in water conservation. We are currently building a new 150,000 gallon water tank just off of Patterson Road. This will replace a 47 year old redwood water tank, which has had many leaks.
The Community Services District will also be cutting back on watering throughout the park system this calendar year.
Actions are needed to reduce the harmful impacts from water shortages throughout our State from the greater California drought.
There is a distinct possibility that the current drought in California will continue through 2016 and beyond.