Governor Brown Issues Executive Order To Combat Historic Drought


Governor Brown has issued an executive order that will place restrictions on water usage in the State of California. The order directs the State Water Resource Control Board to impose a 25% reduction on California’s 400 water suppliers. While particulars of the restrictions will be left up to the local water districts all signs point to regulations to focus on homeowners and farmers while also cutting back on irrigation systems used by farmers, golf courses and cemeteries.

In light of the announcement communities across the State will be looking for ways to curb their water use and Rancho Santa Fe is no different. All members of the covenant are now under level 2 water restriction measures. These measures focus on water that is used for irrigation purposes. In order to apply with the new restrictions here is what you need to know:

If your street address ends in an even number, only irrigate your landscape on these days: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday

If your address ends in an odd number, you’ll water only on these days: Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday

In addition to these restrictions here are some additional things that you can do to help conserve water during this record setting drought.

  1. Check your water meter monthly for undetected leaks. If the dial is moving while no evident water is in use, start checking for leaks. Call your irrigation expert or a leak detection company if you suspect subterranean leaks so you can repair immediately.
  2. Eliminate runoff onto curbs, patios and walkways. Adjust your sprinkler heads’ spray pattern and adjust spacing between sprinkler heads to insure head-to-head coverage.
  3. Change your irrigation nozzles to low precipitation rate nozzles.
  4. Make sure your water pressure does not exceed the sprinkler manufacturer’s recommendations. Excessive pressure will cause fogging, possible damage to the sprinkler, and loss of water to evaporation.
  5. Irrigate between midnight and 7am to minimize water loss due to evaporation and wind. We suggest splitting your spray zone application into three or four shorter cycles (no more than 5 minutes each) and spacing those run times an hour or two apart so that water soaks in more deeply while minimizing runoff.
  6. Install an automatic irrigation controller and adjust the timing as needed. Find your indicator plant (the thirstiest one in your landscape), and check it daily. Only turn your irrigation system on when indicator plant begins to wilt.
  7. Broom-clean all paved surfaces instead of hosing off.
  8. Add a positive shut-off nozzle to all garden hoses.
  9. Shutdown ornamental fountains unless using reclaimed water.
  10. Wash cars at facilities that use reclaimed water.