Stage 1 Water Conservation is in Effect
Monterey Peninsula: Special rules for a special community. The Peninsula is now operating under Stage 1 of the 2016 Monterey Peninsula Water Conservation and Rationing Plan (MPWMD Regulation XV and Cal-Am Rule 14.1.1). This is a joint conservation program between the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) and California American Water. Adhering to this plan is critical to protect our water supply and the sensitive natural environment of the Carmel River.
Water waste is prohibited.
Follow the Outdoor Watering Schedule
A limited two-day per week watering scheduling is required. No location can be watered for more than 15 minutes.
Irrigation may occur between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. only on Saturdays and Wednesdays, except for irrigation overseen by a professional gardener or landscaper who is available on site and that is not exceeding a maximum two watering days per week.
Remember to adjust your sprinklers each season and contact California American Water for a free audit by a water conservation expert.
Lawn Removal Rebate Program
MPWMD is accepting applications for the Lawn Removal Rebate program in the Cal-Am system.
Rainfall Status & Regulatory Compliance Status
The cumulative rainfall total for Water Year (WY) 2017 through July 2017 was 32.22 inches, which is 154% of the long-term average. Estimated unimpaired runoff during July totaled 1,646 acre-feet (AF) and brings the cumulative runoff total for WY 2017 to 194,659 AF, which is 291% of the long-term average.
Under State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Cease and Desist Order No. 2016-0016 (CDO), California American Water is allowed to produce no more than 8,310 AF of water from the Carmel River in WY 2017. Through July 2017, using the CDO accounting method, Cal-Am had produced 5,344 AF from the Carmel River. In addition, under the Seaside Basin Decision, Cal-Am is allowed to produce 2,251 AF of water from the Coastal Subareas and 48 AF from the Laguna Seca Subarea of the Seaside Basin in WY 2017. Through July, Cal-Am had produced 1,849 AF from the Seaside Groundwater Basin. Through July 2017, 2,345 AF of Carmel River Basin groundwater had been diverted for Seaside Basin injection; 901 AF has been recovered for customer use, and 491 AF have been diverted under Table 13 water rights. Cal-Am produced 7,194 AF for customer use from all sources between October 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017. The 12-month rolling average of production is 9,921 AF, below the rationing threshold of 10,609 AF.