Press Release: MNWD Board Implements Water Shortage Contingency Plan

MNWD Board Implements Water Shortage Contingency Plan

District Takes Staged Approach to Conservation, Requiring Customers to Remain Within Water Budgets 

Moulton Niguel, CA – The Moulton MNWD - WSCP Adoption Release - 4 29 15 DRAFT v3 Clean_Page_1Niguel Water District’s (MNWD) Board of Directors today voted to adopt a staged implementation of the District’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan. The Board’s decision comes on the heels of Governor Brown’s landmark Executive Order mandating a 25 percent cut in statewide water use, and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s announcement of reduced water deliveries. The adopted approach will help MNWD to reduce water use by requiring customers to stay within their water budgets, a move that will help the District achieve reduction requirements expected to be adopted by the State Water Resources Board next week.

“The severity of the drought has made conservation a requirement, not an option, and the Board’s decision to adopt both stage one and stage two of our Water Shortage Contingency Plan signals the need to get serious on water use,” said MNWD General Manager Joone Lopez. “We’re calling on our customers to take a hard look at how they use water and work with us to ensure that they remain within their water budgets.”

Today’s decision pertains to both stage one and stage two of the District’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan, requiring that stage one go into effect on June 1, 2015 and stage two on July 1, 2015. During stage one, customers will be asked to reduce their water use by remaining within their allotted water budgets. During stage two, customers will be required to remain within their budgets or face a penalty if budgets are exceeded.

The Board’s decision reflects the severe nature of the state’s drought, while still allowing customers to manage their own water use, rather than relying on specific use restrictions. To ensure compliance with the newly adopted rules, MNWD is urging customers to carefully review their water bills, which lists their water budget, and monitor water use, to ensure they stay within their budget.

MNWD proactively implemented an innovative budget-based rate structure several years ago, which encourages conservation by providing customers with calculated water budgets based on efficient indoor/outdoor usage. Customer’s response to the rate implementation has helped achieve significant water-use reductions. MNWD recently modified the rate structure, reducing both indoor and outdoor water budgets to reflect the current drought situation. However, decreased water supplies and the governor’s call for a statewide water-use reduction have triggered a need for a greater response, and the newly adopted Water Shortage Contingency Plan will help to ensure the District and its customers adjust water use accordingly.

MNWD plans to expand its outreach efforts to inform its customers of today’s decision and provide timely updates to help them through these challenging times.

MNWD reminds its customers to follow these best water management practices:

  • Remove turf and limit water hours and duration
  • Eliminate excessive water flow or runoff
  • Stop washing down hard or paved surfaces
  • Fix leaks, breaks or malfunctions immediately
  • Recirculate water for water fountains and decorative water features
  • Avoid washing vehicles, or utilize a commercial car wash facility
  • Serve drinking water only upon request at restaurants
  • Provide customers the option to not have linen laundered daily at commercial lodging establishments
  • Use water conserving dish wash spray valves at restaurants

The District continues to offer conservation programs, including turf removal rebates, home water surveys, sprinkler adjustments, and more. While these programs have proven effective in conservation efforts, MNWD is calling on more customers to participate in the voluntary programs. Participation in these programs will help customers remain within their water budgets while assisting the District achieve its conservation goals. For more information on conservation programs and practices, please visit http://www.mnwd.com/rebates/.

About MNWD

Moulton Niguel Water District (MNWD) provides drinking water, recycled water, and sewer service to more than 170,000 customers in Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and portions of the City of Dana Point. Approximately 25 percent of MNWD’s water is provided through local water recycling programs. Approximately 75 percent of MNWD’s water is imported from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – a regional water wholesaler that delivers water from Northern California and the Colorado River.

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