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Posted on: February 28, 2018

Water Conservation Restrictions Still in Place

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At its February 27th meeting, the Arroyo Grande City Council received a presentation from the Public Works Department on the status of its current water supply. Currently, Lopez Lake is 50% full and City Wells are well above sea level indicating a low risk of seawater intrusion. Though the City’s available water supply is steady, City Council and staff are taking precautions to protect its water resources.

In an effort to stay ahead of local drought conditions, the City Council encourages all residents to continue using water wisely as proactive conservation now can help prevent stricter measures in the future.

The City will be leading by example and reducing water use by 10% at city parks. Soto Sports Complex utilizes an existing non-potable water irrigation system.

In addition, the City will be increasing monitoring and enforcement of its mandatory water use restrictions. The City wants to remind residents that water conservation restrictions remain in effect and the City continues to offer a comprehensive program of water conservation incentives. Below are the City’s mandatory water conservation measures:

  • Use of water which results in excessive gutter runoff is prohibited.
  • No water shall be used for cleaning driveways, patios, parking lots, sidewalks, streets or other such use except where necessary to protect the public health and safety.
  • Outdoor water use for washing vehicles shall be attended and have hand-controlled watering devices, typically including spring-loaded shutoff nozzles.
  • Outdoor irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Irrigation of private and public landscaping, turf areas and gardens is permitted at even-numbered addresses only on Mondays and Thursdays and at odd-numbered addresses only on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • No irrigation of private and public landscaping, turf areas and gardens is permitted on Wednesdays. Irrigation is permitted at all addresses on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • In all cases, customers are directed to use no more water than necessary to maintain landscaping.
  • Emptying and refilling swimming pools and commercial spas are prohibited except to prevent structural damage and/or to provide for the public health and safety.
  • Use of potable water for soil compaction or dust control purposes in construction activities is prohibited.

City Manager, Jim Bergman, stated “I am proud to be part of a community that has developed effective monitoring and conservation policies and I appreciate everyone being proactive and continuing to use water wisely.”

The City provides financial assistance to residents to reduce water consumption.  For information on current water conservation measures and programs, please contact the Public Works Department at 473-5460 or visit 

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Bill Robeson                                        Jim Bergman

Public Works Director                         City Manager

(805) 473-5460                                   (805) 473-5414

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