Water Supply & Conservation

Brown is the new Green

Attention all Avenal Residents and water service customers, as on July 13th,  2022, the City of Avenal is under a declared local emergency due to severe drought conditions throughout the state of California. The Unites States Bureau of Reclamation (the City’s sole water source) has advised its Central Valley Project (CVP) customers of a reduced allocation for the 2021-2022 water year (March-February) of only 25% of historic use. On average, the community of Avenal utilizes about 2,500 acre-foot of water a year – a 25% historic use allocation means only 620 acre-foot of water is available for this year. 

What does this mean for you? All residents and water customers are now required to conserve water to the highest degree possible. Additionally, this means that local irrigation/watering days have been reduced from three days a week, to two days a week. Please see the attached notice for a full schedule and rules that are now in full effect until the water emergency is lifted. 

Watering Schedule

As part of our efforts to conserve water and reduce water usage, a watering schedule has been implemented. Residents are not permitted to water their lawns outside of the hours indicated below:

All Addressees
Watering only allowed Tuesdays and Saturdays from 12am - 11:59pm

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday no watering allowed

Requirements for use of water supplied by the City

  • No person, entity or other water user shall wash motor vehicles, trailers, boats and other types of equipment without utilizing a hand-held bucket or hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle for quick  rinses on appropriate watering days
  • "Car Wash" for fundraising of any kind utilizing potable water is prohibited.
  • All homes/apartment complexes with swimming pools require City approval prior to draining or filling pools;
  • No open hose or faucets; all unattended hoses shall have a spray nozzle or sprinkling device; no excessive water flow down gutters/streets or accumulation of water on properties; repair all dripping or leaking hydrants, faucets, pipes, outlets or plumbing fixtures.
  • City-provided potable water is strictly prohibited for use to wash down sidewalks, driveways, drive approaches, curbs and gutters and/or streets to clean and/or spray down houses, buildings, etc.:
  • Potable water shall not be transported out of the City Limits for use. Potable water is provided only to property within the City and to areas outside the City as the Council may designate, 6-4.0 AMC.
We are requesting cooperation from all water users to get through this challenging time. Code Enforcement-Water Conservation Department efforts have been increased; and, violators of water conservation measures will be subject to zero warnings and to penalties of $50, $100, or $150 per violation as per AMC 6- 4.22.

Water News and Updates

On April 1, 2015 the Governor of the State of California, Jerry Brown, signed into effect Executive Order B-29-15 which requires a statewide water usage reduction of 25%. Follow updates here.

For more information about ways you can save water, visit saveourwater.com
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