Due to improved hydrologic conditions in Northern California and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) easing of emergency conservation standards, Carmichael Water District (District) will be moving to Normal Water Supply Conditions under the Water Shortage Contingency Plan.  As the District shifts its focus from emergency water conservation to water efficiency, customers should be aware of the following requirements:


  • Unnecessary and wasteful uses of water are prohibited.
  • No water runoff from property allowed.
  • All water plumbing, fixtures, and heating/cooling devices must not be allowed to leak or discharge. All known leaks must be repaired within seven (7) days or less depending on the severity of the leak.
  • Free flowing hoses are prohibited for any use. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off control nozzle capable of completely shutting off the flow of water.
  • The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks, except as necessary for health or sanitary purposes, is prohibited.
  • Car washing must use bucket and hose with automatic shut-off control nozzle.
  • All pools, spas, decorative or ornamental fountains, ponds and water features must be equipped with a recirculation pump and maintained leak free. Internal and external water leaks must be repaired within seven (7) days or less depending on the severity of the leak.
  • All landscapes shall be watered during cooler morning or evening hours to reduce evaporation and minimize landscape runoff.  No watering allowed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • No irrigating turf or ornamental landscapes during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation.
  • No serving of drinking water other than upon request in food and beverage establishments.


  • Pool covers should be used to minimize evaporation.
  • During summer, outdoor watering three days a week is usually sufficient for typical landscape.
  • Use high efficiency plumbing fixtures and wash only full loads of laundry and dishes.


It is important for you to be aware that the SWRCB sets water use reduction mandates and water right curtailment orders that the District is required to comply with.  The SWRCB has stated that they remain ready to return to stronger conservation mandates if necessary. The District will need to continue to monitor the actions of the SWRCB and comply with requirements moving forward. This could mean that the District would be required to reinstate a higher water shortage stage with addition water use restrictions.  We are all in this together and appreciate the past efforts and continued water use efficiency now and in the future.  The District’s website, www.carmichaelwd.org, is the best place for up-to-date information on water shortage, drought stage conditions, recommended watering schedules, and water efficiency programs.  In addition you may call our office at (916) 483-2452.

Starting June 1, 2016, a recommended three day a week watering schedule will be in effect: 




The following lists the fines and fees for violation of the Drought Plan requirements. Violations and penalty assignment are at the discretion of the District. It is the District’s intent to promote awareness and provides assistance to its customers to meet both normal and drought stage requirements. Should customer actions warrant, the District will issue violations and levy fees and fines as appropriate. Customer may appeal to the District, who will act in a timely manner to resolve the issue.

Each day that a violation of this ordinance occurs may be considered a separate offense. In cases of severe flooding or property damage the District may discontinue water service prior to any verbal or written communication. Fines and fees may be imposed at the District’s discretion. Penalties for failure to comply with any provisions of the ordinance are as follows:

  1. First Violation: The District will provide a written or verbal warning and a copy of this ordinance to the account owner. It is up to the discretion of the District to also attempt to contact the resident verbally regarding the violation.
  2. Second Violation: A second violation is punishable by a fine of fifty dollars ($50). Nonpayment will be subject to the same remedies as nonpayment of basic water rates.
  3. Third Violation: A third violation is punishable by a fine of two hundred dollars ($200). Nonpayment will be subject to the same remedies as nonpayment of basic water rates.
  4. Fourth and Subsequent Violations: A fourth and any subsequent violation is punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred ($500). Nonpayment will be subject to the same remedies as nonpayment of basic water rates. In addition, the District may choose to disconnect service.Discontinuing Service: the District may disconnect a customer’s water service for willful violations of mandatory restrictions in this Drought Plan. District will send written notice of intent to disconnect service to resident. Resident will have five business days to correct violation and pay all accrued fines and fees. District will disconnect service after sixth business day after receipt of notice to resident. If service is disconnected, the following fines and fees apply:
  1. Disconnect fee: $100
  2. Reconnect fee: $100

All fines and fees must be paid in full prior to service re-connection. Nonpayment will be subject to the same remedies as nonpayment of basic water rates.

hrSolidWe appreciate your continued cooperation with our conservation efforts.
If you have any questions, please call our office at 483-2452.