Governor Jerry Brown announced the drought is over and a few neighboring agencies have announced consideration of returning to a three day per week watering allowance, as it was prior to the drought. At this time though, Turlock is not considering a change to its two day a week watering schedule.
While some agencies utilize groundwater and surface water to meet their water supply needs, Turlock relies solely on groundwater. Despite a wet winter and full reservoirs, Turlock’s groundwater supply is showing no signs of recovery and remains at an all-time low.
Further, several wells are currently out of service due to water quality issues, which puts a large strain on the active wells during peak usage hours. In order to meet the supply demand during those peak hours, it is necessary to maintain the two day a week watering schedule.
The City of Turlock’s allowed watering schedule is based on an odd/even program. Citizens are encouraged to conserve water whenever possible, and use water efficiently. Water conservation staff respond to complaints regarding over watering and educate consumers about water conservation and enforcement.
Effective March 1 through Oct. 31, even numbered homes may water on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and odd numbered homes may water Wednesdays and Sundays. Allowed watering times are before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
· Newly planted lawns will be allowed daily watering until the second mowing. When installing a new lawn, call the Municipal Services Department at (209) 668-5590 to be placed on the exemption list.
· Washing down or hosing of sidewalks, gutters and outside structures without permission of the Municipal Services Department is prohibited. Sweeping or brushing is the best option.
· Filling of wading pools is permitted but "Slip-n-Slides" are prohibited.
· Washing of vehicles at a residence is allowed only if a positive shut-off valve (nozzle) is used, in proper operating condition and is limited to one washing per week.
If you have any questions regarding the Water Conservation Program or if you observe water wasting, please call (209) 668-5590. For questions or additional information, please contact Municipal Services at 209-668-5590 or visit the City’s website at www.CityofTurlock.org. Brought to you by the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department.
WATER CONSERVATION TIP #100
Set irrigation timers appropriately: Remember to set irrigation system timers to correspond with the appropriate City watering schedule. Be attentive if you are manually watering by setting your oven timer or some other reminder to move the water promptly. If you have an automatic irrigation controller, make sure it has a rain shutoff device. Adjust or deactivate automatic sprinklers in cooler weather.