Catalina Island News

Stage One Water Rationing


Stage one water rationing is in effect for all of Catalina Island. The following restrictions are placed upon the uses of fresh water.

  1. Use of fresh water through any meter when the company has notified the customer in writing to repair a  broken or defective plumbing sprinkler, watering or irrigation system and the customer has failed to effect such repairs wihin five business days.
  2. Use of fresh water that reults in flooding or runoff in gutters or streets.
  3. Individual private washing of cars, or private boats or aircrafts with a hose except with the use of a positive action shut-off nozzle or three-gallon bucket. Use of fresh water for washing commercial aircraft, buses, boats, trailers or other commercial vehicles at any time, except at commercial or fleet vehicle washing facilities operated at a fixed location where equipment using water is properly mainained to avoid wasteful use.
  4. Use of fresh water washing buildings and sructures, street cleaning, driveways, patios, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced areas, except in the cases where health and safety are at risk.
  5. Use of fresh water to irrigate turf, lawns, gardens, or ornamental landscaping by means other than drip irrigation, or hand watering without quick acting positive action shut-off nozzles. Watering by use of a container or bucket not exceeding a three-gallon capacity will be permitted at any time.
  6. Use of resh water for construction purposes such as consolidaiton of backfill, dust control, or other uses.
  7. Operation of commercial car washes without recycling at least 50% of the fresh water used per cycle.
  8. Use of potable water for filling or refilling of swimming pools, spas, hot tubs and decorative fountains.
  9. Service of fresh water by any restaurant except upon the request of a patron.
  10. The use of fresh water from fire hydrants, at any time, for any purpose other than fire suppression is prohibited.
  11. The watering of outdoor landscaping vegetation by hoses or sprinkler systems shall be limited to the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., during the period Pacific Daylight Time is in effect abd 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., during the period Pacific Standard Time is in effect.