The City of Lakeport believes that water is one of our most precious natural resources and we continuously work to ensure that the City has enough quality water in the future.
Water conservation has historically been viewed as a standby or temporary source of supply that is typically invoked only during times of drought or other emergency water shortage. However, we cannot afford to look at these drought response measures as temporary solutions until our water problems are fixed by a few storms. Instead, we must recognize today’s reality of diminishing annual rainfall totals that may get worse as we suffer the impacts of climate change. We encourage our customers to reduce water usage when it's practical.
Five years (2012-2016) of prolonged drought resulted in the imposition of statewide mandatory water conservation measures. Fortunately, California received record amounts of rainfall during the winter of 2016/2017 which replenished the water supplies throughout the State, including Lakeport’s groundwater supply in Scotts Valley. As a result, the Governor issued an Executive Order in April 2017 which lifted the drought emergency in most California counties and rescinded certain drought-related emergency proclamations and executive orders issued in 2014 and 2015. This Executive Order also reiterated the State’s commitment to long-term water conservation efforts by extending a prohibition on certain wasteful water usage practices.
On August 15, 2017, the City Council adopted Resolution 2630 (2017), which formally declared an end to the Stage 1 Water Emergency and eliminated our local mandatory conservation regulations. The new Resolution also addresses ongoing water conservation efforts by restricting wasteful practices. The goal of the restrictions is to help make water conservation a way of life in our community.
As directed by the State of California to promote water conservation, the City will continue to prohibit wasteful water usage practices such as:
- Hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes;
- Washing automobiles, boats, RVs, etc. with hoses not equipped with a shut-off nozzle;
- Using non-recirculated water in a fountain or other decorative water feature;
- Watering lawns in a manner that causes runoff, or within 48 hours after measurable precipitation; and
- Irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians.
What Else Can You Do?
- Water your lawn only when needed and during the cool parts of the day. Usually 2 or 3 times a week, in the morning or evening.
- Check your toilet for leaks.
- Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and steps.
- Do not use your toilet as a wastebasket.
- Install water-saving showerheads and take shorter showers.
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Check your water meter to see if it is moving when no water is being used.
- Wash only full loads of clothing.
- Do not run the water while washing your car, brushing your teeth, washing dishes etc.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to suggest other water saving tips for the list!