Water Conservation Policy
Adopted by the OVMWC Board of Directors on July 29, 2022
Members are solely responsible for informing their tenants of this Policy and are fully responsible for their tenants’ compliance with it.
“OVMWC” means the Olympic Valley Mutual Water Company.
“Board” means OVMWC’s Board of Directors.
“Member” means the owner of a lot serviced by OVMWC. Details at squawvalleymutualwater.com/about.
“Policy” means this water conservation policy as adopted by the Board on July 29, 2022.
“OVPSD” means the Olympic Valley Public Service District.
“Communication” means the submission of written notices to Members either by postal mail or email.
STAGE 1 – NORMAL CONDITIONS
Members are urged to comply with these water-conservation measures voluntarily unless otherwise noted as mandatory:
1.1. On Mondays: No irrigation, for any purpose, other than for fire safety measures. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: Lots with street addresses ending with even numbers may irrigate. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays: Lots with street addresses ending with odd numbers may irrigate. Unrestricted: Hand watering. No outdoor irrigation between 10AM and 5PM.
1.2. Automatic irrigation systems may not irrigate an irrigation zone more than two hours in any 24-hour period unless the method of irrigation or irrigation system is exclusively by drip or other low-flow irrigation system. Automatic irrigation systems must operate as intended by the manufacturer’s recommendations.
1.3. Mandatory: Install drip irrigation or low-flow irrigation systems in new landscape areas.
1.4. Use drought-resistant plants, native plants, groundcovers, or naturalized plants. Do not install large turf areas that will not be used.
1.5. After prior approval by the OVMWC, newly installed landscaping may be exempt from the provisions of Sections 1.1 and 1.2 as follows: lawns, trees and shrubs exempt for 60 days from date of installation; bedding plants (including vegetable/herb gardens) exempt for 15 days from date of planting.
2. Do not allow water to flow over ground surfaces, or from sprinklers onto impervious surfaces or adjacent properties.
3. Mandatory: Repair all leaks in plumbing and irrigation systems on the lot’s side of the lot’s water meter within ten days from date of discovery or OVMWC’s Communication.
4. Mandatory: Do not use hoses for any purpose without an automatic shut-off device attached to the hose. That is, unattended hoses must not run continuously.
5. Mandatory: Irrigation of undeveloped property and vacant lots is expressly prohibited unless required or mandated by Placer County Code or another governmental agency.
STAGE 2 – SIGNIFICANT WATER-SUPPLY SHORTAGE
Stage 2 water-conservation measures are mandatory and effective immediately upon OVMWC’s Communication until further written notice.
1. Stage 1 water-conservation measures become mandatory.
2. No filling of swimming pools that are not covered during periods of non-use.
3. No operation of ornamental fountains or similar decorative water features unless a water recycling system is used and a public notice of such recycling system is prominently displayed.
4. Outdoor irrigation of all vegetation, including lawns and landscaping, limited to three times per week, and one hour per irrigation zone per day.
5. No installation of new landscaping.
6. No use of water to wash sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, decks, patios or other built areas, except as required or necessitated by driveway repair or necessary maintenance, or to alleviate immediate fire, sanitation, or health hazards.
7. Use fire hydrants for flushing (except for protection of public health), construction water for compaction, and dust control shall be coordinated with hydrant flushing only.
STAGE 3 – CRITICAL WATER-SUPPLY SHORTAGE (EMERGENCY CONDITIONS)
The Board declares critical water-supply shortages during Board meetings open to Members, their tenants and the community at large. Until the shortage is over, the Board will continuously communicate with and solicit the support of Members and their tenants.
Immediately upon the Board declaring a critical water-supply shortage, Stage 3 water-conservation measures become mandatory until the Board communicates their expiration.
The Board determines Stage 3 water-conservation measures, which may include but are not limited to:
1. Stage 1 and Stage 2 water-conservation measures become mandatory.
2. Mandate a reduction of at least 20% of each lot’s average monthly water consumption.
3. Increase water-supply rates and surcharges with the purpose of providing OVMWC with sufficient funding to continue operating and cover the cost to manage the water-supply shortage.
4. Coordinate as necessary with the OVPSD to ensure OVMWC’s ability to pump sufficient water supply from its wells to ensure sufficient water supply is available for domestic use, sanitation, and fire protection.
5. Limit or discontinue the issuance of new water supply permits.
6. Suspend or revoke water-supply permits for projects under construction unless the Member proves the project will not exacerbate the water-supply shortage.
7. Prohibit the washing of hard surfaces, including sidewalks, driveways, parking areas or decks unless required for the health and safety of the lot’s occupant.
VIOLATIONS AND ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS
Violations of mandatory water-conservation measures will result in the following actions and fines:
1. For the first violation within one calendar year: Member receives a warning that explains the violation and the deadline for curing it.
2. For the second violation within one calendar year: Member incurs a $500 fine and a notice that explains the violation and the deadline for curing it.
3. For the third violation within one calendar year: Member incurs a $1000 fine, and a notice that explains the violation and the deadline for curing it.
4. For the fourth and any subsequent violation within one calendar year: Member incurs a $2000 fine per violation and a notice that explains the violation and the deadline for curing it.
Failure to cure a violation before the deadline set forth in the notice provided to Member may result in one or more of the following actions by OVMWC:
1. Installation of a flow-restricting device.
2. Shut-off of the water service to the property where the violation occurred pursuant to OVMWC’s shut-off policy found at squawvalleymutualwater.com/shut-off-policy-procedure. Reconnection of water service will occur only after OVMWC has reasonable assurance of protection from future violations (e.g., installation of a dedicated landscape irrigation meter, flow-restricting devices installed on the customer’s service connection, or as otherwise determined at OVMWC’s discretion).
Members will reimburse OVMWC for (i) expenses incurred as a result of a violation, including but not limited to legal fees and investigation and monitoring costs, and installation of devices such as landscape irrigation meters or flow-restricting devices, and (ii) OVMWC’s fee for discontinuing and restoring water service.
OVMWC will add fines, fees and expenses to Member’s bills, which are subject to the payment and collections policies set forth at squawvalleymutualwater.com/your-bill.