TUD Implements Level II of it’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan & State Water Conservation Requirements

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SONORA, CA: As the State and local region continue experiencing exceptionally dry conditions during the current drought, state regulations require Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) to implement level II of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan and to prohibit Commercial, Industrial, Institutional customers from using potable water to irrigate non-functional turf.

In response to the level II conservation requirements, the district asks all water customers to limit water use in the following ways:

  • Limit outdoor watering to two days per week (for example, on Fridays and Mondays) with no watering during the daytime between the hours of 10 am to 6 pm
  • Repair leaks, breaks, and malfunctions in watering systems in a timely manner
  • Avoid unintended runoff from all outdoor watering

In addition, the use of potable water for the following applications is prohibited:

  • Washing vehicles without an automatic shutoff nozzle
  • Washing impervious areas like sidewalks and driveways
  • Street cleaning or construction site prep
  • Decorative fountains, lakes, or ponds
  • Irrigating turf (lawn) on public medians

While TUD is not facing a local water shortage this year, conditions statewide are very dry and local reservoir levels are expected to be low this year. Governor Newsom has encouraged all urban water suppliers to implement even stronger actions that would respond to water shortages of up to 30 percent.  Additionally State officials have expressed the following:

“The severity of this new normal makes it imperative that all Californians save water in every way possible. The drought emergency is statewide, and conservation is important to extend supplies so that more water is left for the future and for the environment. All water suppliers can support California’s water resilience through additional conservation.”

For more information and tips to conserve water please visit:

For more information about the recently adopted state regulations please visit: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/conservation_portal/regs/docs/emergency-reg-faq-june-22.pdf

June 17, 2022
Contact: Abby Parcon
Administrative Services Director
(209) 532-5536

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