The State of California is experiencing a severe drought and has mandated all communities to significantly reduce water usage. Per the State issued mandates, Thousand Oaks must reduce water consumption citywide by an average of 32%. In response to these unprecedented circumstances, the Thousand Oaks City Council has adopted a comprehensive Drought Action Plan and declared a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage with a series of water conservation measures which impact residents, businesses, City operations and other local agencies. This is an extraordinary drought and the City is taking necessary steps possible to reduce our need for water. We are all in this together and the time to conserve is now.
Permanent Water Conservation Ordinance Highlights
• Outdoor watering restricted to 2 days a week. • Outdoor irrigation prohibited between 9 am – 5 pm. • No watering during or 48 hours after any rain. • No excessive runoff. • No washing down of hard or paved surfaces. • Fix leaks within 48 hours.
Enforcement will be focused on voluntary compliance through education but fines of up to $500 per occurrence will be levied on repeat offenders.
California is in the fourth year of a severe drought and everyone needs to pitch in and conserve water. There is no way of knowing whether this drought will end this coming winter or if we might be halfway through an eight-year drought similar to what the Australians endured where their water supply was reduced by 70 percent.
The City of Thousand Oaks is committed to doing our fair share in achieving the state mandated reductions requested by Governor Brown. We are working closely with California American Water and the California Water Service Company who also provide water to portions of the City to educate the community and facilitate water conservation measures.
At some point, this drought will end. However, the benefits of the water conservation measures will continue and benefit the community into the future by making us more resilient to low water years.
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Click here for the City's water conservation ordinance requirements.
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Public Water Conservation Gardens (interactive map)