Drought Questions

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> Why do we have to cut back our water use?

On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15, which mandated a 25% reduction in potable, or drinking, water use throughout California. Click here to read Executive Order B-29-15. This action was taken in response to statewide drought conditions that have persisted for the last four years. In order to ensure there is enough water to meet demands throughout the state, everyone needs to do their part to conserve water.

> What is the City doing about the drought and cutbacks?

The City has gone to Stage 2 of our Water Conservation Ordinance. Complete Stage 2 rules can be found online by clicking here. In addition, the City has accelerated reclaimed water conversions, has required all new construction projects to use reclaimed water for all construction activities, and has accelerated turf removal projects throughout the City.

> Will the City fine people?

The City of Corona Department of Water and Power (DWP) is responsible for ensuring that we meet our reduction target set by the State Water Resources Control Board. DWP does not want to fine anyone. Every attempt will be made to work with the public to comply with Stage 2 rules before any fines would be issued.

> My HOA makes me keep my grass green, do I have to comply with the new watering rules?

Everyone in the City needs to comply with the new watering rules, including residents living within an HOA, businesses and the City. If you receive a letter from your HOA regarding keeping your yard green, you can contact the City of Corona Department of Water and Power’s (DWP) Water Resources Team at (951) 736-2234 or StopTheDrop@discovercorona.com, who can contact your HOA on your behalf to explain the new watering rules. Please note that the watering restrictions may mean that your yard will turn yellow, but the yard should still be maintained on a regular basis.

> Is DWP going to reduce our budget? What will the bill look like?

Yes, the DWP is going to reduce the Tier 2 water budget for residents by 50%, and the outdoor budget for dedicated landscape accounts by 50%. The goal of this reduction is to reduce outdoor water use by 50%. On your bill, you will start to receive a message that states what your target was for your outdoor budget, and whether you made it under the target or not. A sample of each scenario is shown below. DWP is here to provide help to the community to meet the water use reductions. Please contact the Water Resources Team at (951) 736-2234 or by email at StopTheDrop@discovercorona.com for information on free programs and rebates that can help you save water.

Under target 50% reduction:

Under target 50 percent reduction

Over target 50% reduction:

Over targer 50 percent reduction

> What do I do if I see water being wasted at someone’s home or business?

To report water waste at someone’s home or business, please contact the Water Resources Team at (951) 736-2234, email StopTheDrop@discovercorona.com, or report it using the City’s SeeClickFix App. You can remain anonymous. We will make contact with the individual or business and work with them to ensure the issue is resolved quickly.

> What if I see water being wasted at City parks or parkways?

To report water waste at a City park or landscape area, please call the Maintenance Services Department or Water Resources Team at (951) 736-2234, or submit an issue via the City’s SeeClickFix App.

>I need help adjusting my timer? What do I do and what are the hours appointments are available?

The DWP offers help to residents and businesses to adjust your sprinkler timer. Contact the Water Resources Team at (951) 736-2234 to make an appointment. Appointments are currently available six days a week, Sunday through Friday, from 8 am until 5 pm. Need us to be more flexible? Please call our Water Resources Team at (951) 736-2234 so that we can work out an accommodation to meet your busy schedule.

> Can I build a pool?

There currently are no restrictions on building pools. Variances for filling swimming pools are only granted once every five years, unless there is a repair that must be made on the pool within that five year period.

> What about new development?

New development is still occurring in the City of Corona. New development is required to use reclaimed water for all construction activities. In addition, new developments must not cause an increase in overall water use; they are required to provide for reclaimed water offsets and efficient water use that does not adversely impact our current water supply. In addition, new development helps reduce the City’s overall gallons per capita per day, or GPCD, because they increase the population but generally have a higher density and new, water efficient devices required by law.

> Can reclaimed water be brought to homes in separate pipes?

Yes, reclaimed water could be brought to homes in separate pipes. However, it is cost prohibitive to do so. New pipelines cost a million dollars a mile to build. Our potable water system has 593 miles of pipeline; our reclaimed water system currently has 44 miles of pipelines. It would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to duplicate the potable water system, making the reclaimed water unaffordable. In addition, regulatory rules and permits would add an additional cost and administrative burden to this effort. Be assured that DWP is working with businesses near existing reclaimed lines to ensure that anyone that can use reclaimed water is being connected to the reclaimed water system in order to save as much potable water as possible.

> What are the new watering rules?

The current watering rules are:

  • No watering between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Odd numbered addresses can water on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday only. * For example, if your street address is 401 Any Street, the street number ends with a 1, making this an odd numbered address.
  • Even numbered addresses can water on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday only.* If your street address ends with an even number, such as 302 Any Street, then you have an even numbered address.
  • Watering on Fridays is prohibited. Since government institutions are not open on weekends, they may water three days per week of the agency’s choosing.
  • Sprinkler times are limited to 10 minutes maximum per station per watering day. You can have two cycles of five minutes a day, which can also help reduce runoff.
  • Drip irrigation times are limited to 90 minutes maximum per watering day.
  • Watering during and within 48 hours after rainfall measuring ½” or more is prohibited.
  • Street trees must be kept alive.
  • Leaks and broken sprinklers must be fixed in a timely manner.
  • Water cannot be allowed to runoff property.
  • Washing hard surfaces is prohibited.
  • Vehicles can only be washed using a bucket and hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Food establishments are prohibited from providing drinking water to patrons unless requested.
  • The overfilling of swimming pools and spas is prohibited. The filling or refilling of ornamental ponds, streams and artificial lakes is prohibited.
  • The operation of any ornamental fountain or similar structure is prohibited except for short periods of time to prevent damage, unless the fountain is recirculating.
> Will the DWP raise rates?

Yes, the DWP will be evaluating its current rates and will raise rates as necessary. Reducing revenues by 28% is sure to have an impact on the finances of the DWP. It is important for DWP to keep our water system maintained and stay compliant with the covenants of our bond obligations. If a rate increase is required, you will receive notice in the mail in the form of a Proposition 218 notice, advising you of the rate increase, the amount of the increase, and a date and time for a public hearing for the City Council to hear the issue.