See a full and flowing Lake Nacimiento as it nears capacity after recent storms
Arroyo Grande residents can once again pull out their garden hoses without fear of financial penalty, though they’re still being required to restrict some of their water usage.
The decision removes the city’s water bill penalties, which charge users if they fail to reduce their water usage by a certain amount compared with their property’s historic usage.
Though some worried about a potential “bounce back” in water use, the majority of the council said it was time to give residents a break.
“We gotta pull the Band-Aid off at some point and see where we are at,” Councilwoman Barbara Harmon said. “I really do have trust in our water customers. I have a lot of trust in them that they will continue in their current practices.”
We gotta pull the Band-Aid off at some point and see where we are at.
Barbara Harmon, Arroyo Grande City Council
Even though the penalty is gone, the city is still encouraging residents to continue some of their “best practices” and conserve water.
Several mandatory restrictions will remain in place. These prohibitions include:
▪ Using water to clean patios and driveways.
▪ Washing vehicles with an open hose.
▪ Irrigating lawns or landscaping between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
▪ Emptying and refilling swimming pools and spas.
The rotating irrigation schedule — watering is permitted at even-numbered addresses on Mondays and Thursdays and odd-numbered addresses on Tuesdays and Fridays, and allowed everywhere on Saturdays and Sundays — will also continue to be enforced.