Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) customers have responded so well to the Level 2 Drought Alert that took effect on July 1 that, effective Nov. 1, some of the conservation restrictions will be relaxed.
The Level 2 Drought Alert was to ensure that the district would meet an 8 percent mandatory water cutback imposed by the San Diego County Water Authority (CWA). The Level 2 program imposed specific mandatory restrictions through voluntary efforts.
According to RMWD General Manager Ralph McIntosh, district customers have far exceeded all water conservation goals thus far this year by reducing water consumption by approximately 18 percent from the previous year. Due to the community’s outstanding efforts, McIntosh said the district can safely lift some of the Level 2 restrictions, and still remain below the CWA targeted allocation level.
RMWD customers will be receiving in their bills details of the relaxed restrictions that will take effect Nov. 1.
Among modified Level 2 restrictions, starting Nov. 1, are:
• Customers may water on any three days of the week they choose, including Sunday. Residential and business customers have been asked to limit landscape irrigation to a specific three days, using an odd/even-numbered address system, and not water on Sunday.
• Customers using a hand-held hose with a positive shutoff nozzle or bucket to water landscaped areas may do so at any time when watering landscaped areas not on an irrigation system.
The district will provide additional information in what it will send to customers with their billings.