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City of Modesto, California News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Juan Tejeda , (209) 342-2262
Release Date: Monday, August 11, 2014, 1:20 PM

New California Water Conservation Efforts!

On July 16, 2014 the State Water Resource Control Board approved an emergency regulation to ensure water agencies, their customers and state residents increase water conservation in urban settings or face possible fines or other enforcement. As of July 29, 2014, it has been adopted by the State Water Resource Control Board and mandates minimum actions to conserve water supplies into the year 2015 in order to reduce outdoor urban water use.

The regulation requires all large water suppliers to activate their Water Shortage Contingency Plan to a level where outdoor irrigation restrictions are mandatory. The City of Modesto adopted and implemented a Drought Contingency Plan on May 1, 2003 and will continue requiring its customers to comply with its Drought Stage 1 water restrictions. In addition, the State Water Resource Control Board requires all Californians to stop washing down driveways, sidewalks, parking lots or structures, and non-irrigated areas using potable water. The regulation makes an exception only for health and safety circumstances. Effective August 1, 2014, the City of Modesto will only issue water permits if the exception is deemed for health and safety circumstances. (Permits will not be issued for fund raising events, pressure washing exteriors of buildings/ sidewalks/ concrete areas, or establishing new landscape areas.) Please continue to conserve and thank you for doing your part to save water.

If you have any questions, please call 209-342-2246 or visit the City of Modesto Water Conservation Program Website at