Mission Springs Water District announces water restrictions

Desert Hot Springs, Calif. - At a meeting on Monday, Aug. 18, the Mission Springs Water District Board of Directors adopted Ordinance 2014-01 and Ordinance 2014-02 to comply with the State of California Water Resources Control Board water conservation requirements. Effective immediately, residents within the boundaries of MSWD are to comply with the following:

(1) The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures is prohibited .

(2) The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use is prohibited.

(3) The application of potable water to driveways, sidewalks, gutters, roadways, concrete surfaces, asphalt surfaces or other impermeable surfaces is prohibited.

(4) The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system is prohibited.

(5) Watering lawns, grass, or turf is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The Ordinance also gives the Board latitude to add restrictions as necessary. Exceptions for public health and safety are incorporated to cover such activities as sand and dust control, and maintenance of the water system.

MSWD General Manager Arden Wallum stressed that the objective of the measure is to educate residents and change behavior, not to penalize. The Board adopted a schedule of civil penalties consisting of a written warning, followed by a $100 surcharge applied to the water bill for noncompliance, and a second surcharge of $200 and/or installation of a flow restrictor for a third violation. Subsequent violations will result in water service shutoff.

comments powered by Disqus

Photo Galleries

  • World's most empathetic countries
    Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

    World's most empathetic countries

    Michigan State University has put together a list of the most empathetic countries. Researchers interviewed more than 100,000 adults from 63 countries and found "higher empathy countries also have higher levels of collectivism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, self-esteem, emotionality, subjective well-being, and prosocial behavior." Find out the top 10 countries that made the list.

    Read More »
  • On this day: October 22
    Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images

    On this day: October 22

    The first parachute jump takes place, "Pretty Boy" Floyd is gunned down, football meets television, and The Supremes top the charts, all on this day.

    Read More »
  • Everything you wanted to know about the Electoral College
    William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

    Everything you wanted to know about the Electoral College

    The person ahead in the popular vote might not actually win the presidency. Why? The Electoral College takes the final vote -- not us.

    Read More »
  • Best Clinton, Trump lines from Alfred E. Smith dinner

    Best Clinton, Trump lines from Alfred E. Smith dinner

      Less than a day after their heated final presidential debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded shots at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner. Here's a look at the most memorable lines from the event.

    Read More »
  • Most popular Halloween pet costumes
    John Moore/Getty Images

    Most popular Halloween pet costumes

    Halloween isn't just for humans to dress in costume. About 16 percent of consumers plan to dress their pets up too, according to the National Retail Federation. The group put together a list of the top costumes for pets. Click through to see what made the list, including the devil.

    Read More »