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Palmdale Water District puts contingency plan in place


With three consecutive dry winters in California, it is important that everyone starts using water efficiently. Palmdale Water District (PWD) has implemented Mandatory Stage 2 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan (WSCP).

Under the new guidelines effective May 1, PWD customers can irrigate outdoor landscape three days a week before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Watering days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays only. However, watering should be kept to a minimum, if possible, with extensive measures taken to reduce water waste. PWD is not issuing citations for first water waste offenses but is providing a warning to correct the waste issue.

If water waste does continue, PWD reserves the right to fine the resident, business, municipal facility, industry, or other user. PWD Stage 2 Water Shortage Contingency Plan Restrictions:

• Primary use of water is for domestic use, sanitation, fire prevention, and public health and safety.

• No hose washing of hardscape surfaces (i.e., sidewalks, walkways, buildings, walls, patios, parking areas, etc.).

• Hardscape spraying is only permitted to eliminate conditions that are hazardous to public safety or to prepare a surface for architectural coating or painting.

• Vehicle washing is permitted using an automatic shutoff nozzle attached to the hose (PWD highly recommends going to a commercial car wash that recycles its water.)

• Decorative fountains are not permitted unless the water used is within a closed recycling system.

• Water shall not be served at any public businesses where food is sold unless specifically requested by the patron.

• All indoor/outdoor water leaks must be repaired by the user within one week of discovery.

• Watering is only allowed Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.

• Any water found running off property from outdoor watering is considered water waste and is subject to penalty.

• Potable water is not permitted to irrigate turf located on public medians.

• Outdoor irrigation of new home construction and buildings is not permitted unless drip irrigation or micro-spray is used.

• Outdoor watering is prohibited for 48 hours after measurable rainfall and no watering is allowed when it is raining.

For more details, call the Palmdale Water District at (661) 947-04114 or visit