- N. Mountain Trail, replace water main
- Sidewalk Improvements Partnership Program - Ongoing
- Sierra Madre Environmental Accords, develop - Ongoing
- Street Resurfacing Project - Ongoing
Increased Mandatory Water Conservation Measures
Last summer, on July 9, 2013, the Sierra Madre City Council approved Resolution Number 13-52 adopting mandatory 20% water conservation measures. Mandatory water conservation was implemented, because Sierra Madre’s underground water levels had approached all-time lows due to a serious decline in the water level of the groundwater basin. While the City water customers as a whole have made efforts to conserve water over the last 12 months, the California drought continues with record low rainfall increasing the need for further conservation. As a result, on July 8, 2014, the City Council passed Resolution 14-58 implementing a 30% water conservation target.
In addition, the State has declared a drought emergency and the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted Emergency Regulation Article X: "Prohibition of Activities and Mandatory Actions during Drought Emergency.” On July 22, 2014, the Sierra Madre City Council also adopted these regulations, which you can find here:
Participation in the mandatory activities list along with these helpful tips will assist customers in reaching their 30% targets. Please note the 30% mandatory water conservation is not in addition to the 20% (or 10%) customers were already asked to conserve, but it is a revised conservation target number for each property. Like previous seasonal conservation targets, the new winter and summer targets are based on a 30% reduction in use over the average winter and summer water consumption at each address in 2012 and 2013. At a 30% conservation target, most customers will need to save an additional 10% over the conservation target assigned last year. In addition, no single property’s (meter) conservation target will be set below 12 units bi-monthly.
Beginning with water bills issued on August 1st and September 1, 2014, water customers will see the 30% summer conservation target printed on their bills as compared to the actual consumption. However, due to the delay between the consumption periods as compared to the date the bill was generated, it is expected that most customers will exceed their new conservation target. No penalties are being assessed at this time. However, future bills may include financial penalties if your water consumption exceeds your conservation target.Please see the chart below to match the consumption periods with your billing cycle.
If you believe your new water conservation targets are unsuited to your current household needs, there is an appeals process. Please note that these conservation targets reflect any previously processed appeals at the 20% conservation target levels and have been adjusted from that starting point to reach the 30% conservation targets. A new application for appeal is required if you are still have concerns about the conservation targets assigned to your property. For information about the appeals process, please contact City Hall or download the Water Conservation Ordinance Appeal Application.
The City of Sierra Madre will lift mandatory water conservation restrictions when it is safe to do so. Conversely, if the City’s water levels do not restore to safe levels, it may be necessary to impose more stringent conservation requirements. The City appreciates all efforts to conserve water so that an adequate, reliable water source can be available for the future.
We understand that you may want additional information or an explanation of the City’s water conservation requirements. Additional information is available on the City’s website, or you may call the City of Sierra Madre at (626) 355-7135. Please look for water conservation information in your future water bills, in the newspaper, on the City’s website, and through City E-Blasts.
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