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No stress in conducting new 'stress test' water conservation regulation

The State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new statewide conservation approach on May 18 that will replace Turlock’s prior 29 percent water conservation target.

This new approach requires all urban water suppliers throughout California to conduct a “stress test” which ensures at least a three-year water supply during drought conditions.

The deadline to submit the Water Supply Reliability Certification and Data Submission Form is June 22. The certification requires water suppliers to report their total production for 2013 and 2014, along with projecting a three-year supply. With that information, the State will calculate a conservation target specific to the suppliers' past demand and projected future supply.

 “Drought conditions are far from over, but have improved enough that we can step back from our unprecedented top-down target setting. We’ve moved to a ‘show us the water’ approach that allows local agencies to demonstrate that they are prepared for three more lousy water years. This reporting will show us what agencies plan to do, and how they do, throughout the year. Trust, but verify. In the meantime, we’ll be watching and prepared to come back with the 25 percent state mandate early next year if necessary, which we hope it won't be,” said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus.

For urban water suppliers who choose not to conduct the “stress test” and submit a certification form, they will be required to maintain their existing conservation target (29 percent for Turlock).

Stay tuned as the City will have additional information to report on this new mandate in the coming weeks.

For questions or additional information, contact Municipal Services at 209-668-5590 or visit the City’s website at Brought to you by the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department.



New watering schedule in effect as of June 1: The new schedule prohibits watering between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday through Saturday.  Watering days will remain the same, with odd addresses allowed to water on Wednesday and Sunday. Even addresses are allowed to water on Tuesday and Saturday.