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Excessive Water Use Penalty in effect May 1

Beginning May 1, 2017, City of Turlock customers who use more than 40,000 gallons of water in any month will be issued an Excessive Water Use Penalty of $25. Those who are issued a first penalty will have the opportunity to have the fee waived by completing an online water conservation course.

Single-family residential users account for approximately 46 percent of all potable water used in Turlock. During the summer months, the water demand by single-family homes increases by 300 percent, with two-thirds of this water used for landscape irrigation. Such a large fluctuation in demand has the effect of overburdening the City’s limited water resources and water supply infrastructure.

Reducing excessive water use has multiple benefits to the City. These benefits include: extending the availability of the limited resource, reducing the need for oversized water infrastructure, furthering the goal of efficient use of water, and lowering peak demands which will also reduce the demand on existing wells.

For more information on the Excessive Water Use Penalty Fee Ordinance, or water conservation in general, contact the Municipal Services Department at (209) 668-5590 or visit the website at Brought to you by the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department.