Water Conservation in Chowchilla
Conserving Our Water
Water conservation is vital to our community. It is never appropriate to waste a natural resource like water. By encouraging appreciation of the value of our water, and educating consumers on efficient water use and conservation practices, we help to ensure a sustainable water supply both now and in the future.
City personnel are doing the best they can to educate property residents to be compliant with State of California regulations. Each inquiry is handled as soon as possible and limited available resources may not allow the City to provide a direct or immediate response to your inquiry. If you want to submit a comment or ask a question about watering regulations, schedules, property owner concerns, or other water-related topics please Email the Water Division about where your inquiry can be reviewed for action.
Outdoor Watering Schedules
In August 2017 the Chowchilla City Council enacted a change to outdoor watering schedules intended to help maintain improved safe water service to all customers. Outdoor watering for the summer season that ends November 30 remains at 2-days a week. But two significant changes were made that include expanding the prohibited times for outdoor watering and changing watering days for certain public properties.
New watering times prohibit outdoor watering every day of the week between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. This change will help ensure a stronger water supply during higher use demand times in the morning and early evening for meal preparation, cleanup and bathing needs.
The allowed days for outdoor watering of public parks, schools, and outside common areas (medians, berms, roadway shoulder strips, public areas, etc.) have changed to separate them from residential and business watering days. This move will help reduce the demands for outdoor water on the same days as residential and business outdoor watering needs.
The new allowed schedule for outdoor watering of public areas throughout the city and in Greenhills is determined by their general address number with even number addresses watering on Monday and/or Friday, and odd number addresses watering on Sunday and/or Thursday. Again, except for Sunday this change does not apply to residential and business properties.
All residential and business watering days remain as before with even number addresses allowed to water on Tuesday and/or Saturday, and odd number addresses allowed to water on Wednesday and/or Sunday. Residential and business outdoor watering is prohibited on Monday, Thursday and Friday.
Various wells throughout the City produce the drinking water supplied to households and businesses that is the same water used for outdoor irrigation. Some wells are old, as are parts of the delivery piping systems. City staff constantly monitor the well systems to keep them running at their respective capacities to meet user demands and avoid community health and safety risks. The City has undertaken plans to improve the water system that include adding a new well and building a large water tank. These projects are part of others that will substantially improve the infrastructure throughout Chowchilla but will take 12 to 30 months to complete.
The new outdoor water schedule is the result of collaboration with the City, School Districts, Pheasant Run Golf Course (the golf course does not use City well water) and the Greenhills Home Owners Association who discussed measures to increase awareness and conservation efforts, and work together to reduce conflicting and compounding water uses.
Each organization has pledged their willingness to do their part to contribute to strengthening water pressure service to community residents during peak demand times. Now, the City asks you to do your part by following the new outdoor watering regulations.
Outdoor Watering Regulations
Watering days are determined by the street address number (even or odd). Each day has 2 time windows in which to irrigate, a morning and an evening. The morning window starts at Midnight (just after midnight) and ends at 7:30 a.m. The evening window starts at 9:30 p.m. and ends at Noon midnight. For more details view the Chowchilla Outdoor Watering Regulations (In Spanish and English) (PDF).
Watering Regulation Details
- No outside irrigation is allowed between the morning and evening time windows from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Property residents are required to set their automatic irrigation controllers to the watering schedule. Property residents who do not use automatic irrigation controllers are also required to follow these regulations.
- Excess water cannot be allowed to flow along street gutters more than 25 feet from the frontage of your property.
- Using an open flowing hose to irrigate landscapes, trees, flowers, lawns, gardens, etc., is prohibited and property residents must attach and use a shutoff nozzle.
- Residents are asked to limit washing their vehicles but if you choose to wash them you must attach a shutoff nozzle and not use an open flowing hose.
- Washing parking lots, driveways and sidewalks is prohibited.
City Permit Needed to Drain or Fill Your Pool
Anyone who wants to use water from the City water system to fill a swimming pool must obtain a permit from the City of Chowchilla Public Works Department before filling or draining swimming pools at any time throughout the year. Please contact the office with enough advance notice to process your request. For information or to apply for a permit call 559-665-8615, ext. 789, or Email Public Works.
Education is the Key
The Chowchilla Public Works Department strives to educate those who do not comply with the established irrigation regulations. First and foremost City employees make the effort to contact the property resident or business and discuss the situation to resolve the compliance problem. Sometimes further warnings are issued and if problems remain fines can be issued that are added to the utility bill of the address.
The City of Chowchilla is obligated to follow legal procedures to issue written warnings by certified mail and impose penalty fines per violation for ongoing multiple offenses with a possibility of shutting off water service to non-compliant properties. Before that happens, City personnel make an earnest effort to provide helpful information.
Oftentimes, property owners and particularly renters don’t even know how to set their irrigation controller. Many resources can be found on the Internet. Generally if you search for information on your particular controller brand and model you will find the help you need to properly setup and operate your irrigation system.