I put together a list of Stockton’s little-known water conservation rules for a story on Monday, but it didn’t make the print version of the paper.
So here’s that list. The rules take effect on Thursday.
By the book
While Stockton is not taking extraordinary actions to conserve water this drought year, a regular set of rules will be in place from May 1 until Nov. 1, including:
• Residents cannot irrigate between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. When they do irrigate, they must not allow water to “run off or escape from the premises or to be wasted.” Exceptions: Those with drip irrigation systems or new plantings that need extra water. Also, some water users may be allowed to file water conservation plans instead of following these rules.
• Leaks in a home or business must be fixed — or arrangements to fix them must be made — within 24 hours of their discovery.
• Nozzles must be used on hoses while washing cars.
• Commercial car washes must reclaim water or file a plan to reduce water use.
• Restaurants can serve water to customers only upon request.
• Building exteriors can be washed only with a bucket and sponge. Pressure washers may be used if the building is going to be repaired or repainted.
• Ornamental fountains must use recirculated water.
• Driveways and sidewalks can be washed only with pressure washers, unless there is a sanitation or public health and safety need.
• Swimming pools cannot be drained and refilled from June 1 to Oct. 1.
• Potable water cannot be used for dust control.
To report water waste, call (866) 786-5987.