Water restrictions lifted
South Shore’s primary water purveyor Wednesday lifted the mandatory water-usage restrictions its customers were asked to abide by since June 1.
Because of the recent cool weather and the outstanding job of the community in conserving, the restrictions are no longer needed, said Dennis Cocking, information officer for the South Tahoe Public Utility District.
“We’re still in what we call Stage 1 restrictions, which is normal conditions where there’s an adequate water supply,” Cocking said. “The hour restrictions have been lifted, but you still can’t waste water.”
The district this summer adopted a rule of no lawn watering from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Lake Tahoe received above-average snow last winter, and there was plenty of available water. However, with more than a third of its wells closed because of MTBE contamination, STPUD lacked the infrastructure to provide it.
“District pump crews did a masterful job of juggling this summer to keep everyone in water,” he said. “In addition, water crews repaired nearly three times the average in water leaks due to the stress placed on an aging water distribution system.”
Water educators patrolled the district’s boundaries since June, informing the public about the regulation and issuing warnings. Repeat violators received surcharges on their water bills. Cocking said about 20 people received those charges.
Stage 1: Normal conditions (effective currently)
n Water users cannot allow water to leave the property by draining onto adjacent properties or impervious surfaces.
n Water users must repair all leaks in plumbing and irrigation systems.
n Private vehicle washing can only be performed with a bucket and shut-off nozzle attached to a hose. Continuous discharge from a hose nozzle prohibited.
n People are encouraged to report all signs of water leaks.
n The use of water to irrigate non-landscaped, natural vegetation or undeveloped property is prohibited except in cases of severe fire danger.
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