TITLE III WATER SYSTEM REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 3.13 WATER CONSERVATION
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STINSON BEACH COUNTY WATER DISTRICT WATER CONSERVATION POLICY STATEMENT
(Ordinance No. OR-2003-01)
The District has specific requirements for water conservation as set forth below, however;
any significant conservation efforts require a philosophical commitment by the residents and
property owners of Stinson Beach to maintain a consistent consciousness of household water
use. In order to promote a community commitment of conservation efforts, the Stinson
Beach County Water District believes that education is a key component of any water
conservation plan. The District has provided, and will continue to provide, educational
materials and community programs devoted to encouraging better use of water resources.
A water conservation policy should be one that is continually evolving; therefore, the District
Board of Directors will review the conservation segment of Title III annually, and make
changes as necessary.
3.13.100 Indoor Plumbing Fixtures
3.13.200 Limitations on Irrigated Turf and Other High Water Use Landscaping
3.13.300 Landscape Irrigation Systems
3.13.400 Other Water Conservation Measures
Periodic droughts are an inescapable fact of life in California, emphasizing the
reality that water is a limited natural resource. It must be used efficiently and economically to
insure that the health and safety needs of the community are met and that our local streams are
preserved as suitable aquatic habitat. This chapter incorporates water conservation as an integral
part of the District's total water management program.
3.13.100 Indoor Plumbing Fixtures.
All applications for water service for new construction or
remodel construction shall meet the following requirements:
Toilets and associated flush valves shall be rated at not more than 1.6 gallons per flush.
Urinals and associated flush valves shall be rated at not more than 1.0 gallon per flush.
Showerheads shall have a rated flow of 2.5 gallons per minute or less.
Lavatory faucets shall have aerators or laminar flow devices with flow control inserts,
orifices or other devices that restrict flow to a maximum of approximately 2.2 gallons per
Laundry facility washing machines shall be front-loading, horizontal-axis type.
3.13.200 Limitations on Irrigated Turf and Other High Water Use Landscaping.
All applications for new water service that include turf and other high water use landscaping shall be
limited in size as follows:
Single family detached residence and duplex, limited to 400 square feet per dwelling unit.
Townhouse/condominiums, triplexes and fourplexes limited to 200 square feet per dwelling
Apartments (five units or more) and mobile homes, limited to 50 square feet per dwelling
Low-flow kitchen and lavatory faucets. and shower heads.
Commercial, industrial and government projects limited to 250 square feet.
Prior to installing the turf, soil shall be thoroughly tilled and amended with at least four
cubic yards of organic material (such as nitrolized redwood sawdust) per 1000 square feet.
3.13.300 Landscape Irrigation Systems.
Failed irrigation systems are the single greatest cause
of excessive water waste and create an onerous financial burden to the consumer. Failed irrigation
systems are not eligible for financial relief under the District Water Use Charge Reduction Policy.
The Stinson Beach County Water District does not endorse the utilization or installation of
landscape irrigation systems, and recommends hand-watering as an alternative. However, if the
owner chooses to install an irrigation system, it is recommended that extra care be taken when
installing and purchasing the system components and when selecting a qualified installer. Further
informational material is available at the District Office or on the District website.
3.13.400 Other Water Conservation Measures
- General Requirements
- If normal system pressure exceeds 75 PSI, a pressure reducing valve shall be installed
on the water line, on the customer's side of the meter, which reduces household pressure to
65 PSI or less.
- All hot water pipes and hot water circulating systems shall be insulated.
- New Construction or Remodel Project Requirements
- The Applicant shall submit to the District all proposed water-saving methods included
in the development.
- The District may require the use of reclaimed or other suitable non-potable water for
outdoor irrigation when such water is available at reasonable cost.
- The District may require the use of other recycling or water saving devices as
practicality and technology permits.
- The District may require either or both of the following:
- An irrigation piping system that is separate from domestic piping to facilitate the
transfer of the irrigation system to a reclaimed water supply; and
- A suitable connection in the irrigation piping system to install a meter to monitor
usage of water for irrigation.
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