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STATE WATER CONSERVATION ACT OF 2009

Senate Bill X7-7, also known as the Water Conservation Act of 2009 and commonly referred to as 20x2020, calls for a 20% reduction in per capita potable water use by the year 2020. The City has been employing water conservation Best Management Practices designed to meet federal and state targets to reduce the level of water consumed in the City by the year 2020.

WATER WASTE PROHIBITIONS AND FINES

State law prohibits you from using potable water in any of the following practices:

  • Hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes.
  • Washing vehicles, equipment, structures or other items with hoses not equipped with a shut-off nozzle.
  • Using non-recirculated water in a fountain or other decorative water feature.
  • Irrigation in a manner that causes runoff.
  • Irrigation during significant rain or within 48 hours after measureable precipitation.

Residents may be subject to fines of up to $500 for violations of these water waste prohibitions, as established in the City of Vacaville Municipal Code Section 13.20. Recipients of fines for violations of water waste prohibitions have the right to appeal in accordance with Section 13.20.030.F of the Municipal Code.

WATER EFFICIENT LANDSCAPE REGULATIONS

The City of Vacaville has established standards that regulate landscaping for new construction and the modification of existing landscaping. These standards are available in the Municipal Code Section 14.27.

URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN AND URBAN WATER SHORTAGE CONTINGENCY PLAN

The City of Vacaville is committed to efficiently managing our potable water supply and ensuring the reliability of our long-term water supply. The City’s Urban Water Management Plan and the Urban Water Shortage Contingency Plan outline the measures the City has implemented to ensure a safe and reliable water supply to its citizens during normal years and during drought years or other water shortage emergencies.