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Water Restrictions

    The City of Lincoln has declared a Stage Two Water Alert and encourages residents to comply with the following mandatory no imagewatering restrictions now in place.

    The City's Stage Two Water Alert is outlined in the City's 2010 Urban Water Management Plan. The alert calls on residents and businesses to comply with the following restrictions:

  • Limit landscape watering to a maximum of three days per week.
  • Landscape watering schedules: odd numbered addresses on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; even numbered addresses on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
  • On watering days, water only between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. to reduce evaporation of irrigation water.
  • Equip all hoses or filling apparatus for non-irrigation purposes with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Limit hosing of landscape surfaces except for health and safety purposes.   
  • Serve water only upon request to restaurant customers.

    All water consumers are further encouraged to not waste water. The following uses of water constitute waste:

        1. Watering landscapes in a manner or to an extent which allows substantial amounts of water to run off the area being watered.

        2. The escape of water through breaks or leaks within the users system for any substantial period of time (12 hours after detection).

        The City is encouraging residents to call the City's Water Conservation Hotline if they observe water waste. The Hotline number is (916) 434-2455. Residents will be asked to leave a message giving their name, telephone number, and an address or description of the area where water waste has been observed.

         Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page (under Downloads at left) for more information.


    Actions Taken at April 7th Water Shortage Emergency Condition Public Hearing

    The State of California is in its fourth year of a prolonged drought. On April save our water1, 2015 the State’s snow pack was measured at 6% of normal—the lowest level ever measured.

    In 2010, the City of Lincoln (City) adopted an Urban Water Management Plan, including a Water Shortage Contingency Plan which consists of four Stages of Action to address water supply reductions of up to 50%.

    In 2014, the City adopted a resolution declaring a water shortage emergency condition to achieve a 15 to 20% reduction in water use.

    During 2014, the City’s water customers achieved approximately a 17% reduction in water usage.

    On March 17, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) took action to adopt new water conservation emergency regulations. These regulations require that the City implement a stage of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan that includes mandatory limitations on outdoor irrigation with potable water. Additionally, the State Board’s emergency regulations included restrictions for the use of potable water in, the following areas: prohibition on certain irrigation practices, restrictions for water in restaurants and, outdoor irrigation restrictions. The emergency regulations also require the submittal of monthly data monitoring reports.

    Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 on April 1, 2015, mandating the State Board impose additional restrictions to achieve a statewide reduction of 25% in potable urban water, as compared to amount used in 2013.

    The City held a public hearing on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 and adopted Resolution 2015-51 declaring a continued water shortage emergency condition.

    The City Council also adopted Resolution 2015-52 which outlines additional regulations and restrictions on the delivery and consumption of water within the City’s service area. The additional regulations and restrictions are generally consistent with those issued by the State Board and adopted by Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) and other urban water suppliers.

    Although the City currently has a sufficient water supply to meet its urban water demands (including a supply sufficient to allow continued growth of the City), the State of California is in a severe drought and requires all communities to step up and be part of the solution to achieve the water reduction goal of 25%.

    Go here for the PowerPoint presentation delivered at the public hearing.

    Go here for details on current restrictions on watering days and times.

    The City is encouraging residents to call the City's Water Conservation Hotline if they observe water waste. The Hotline number is (916) 434-2455. Residents will be asked to leave a message giving their name, telephone number, and an address or description of the area where water waste has been observed.

    Water Conservation

    Water Distribution

    The City of Lincoln’s goal is to provide safe, reliable, and affordable drinking water to all its citizens. Water Distribution services include repair and replacement of valves, hydrants, and mains. Services also include a flushing program to maintain the high quality of Lincoln’s water.

    For leaks, leaky meters, or other water-related issues, call Public Services at 916-434-2450 or e-mail pwengr@ci.lincoln.ca.us

    Water Quality

    The City operates a conjunctive use water system which includes raw and treated surface water supplies from PCWA and operation of four City-owned municipal wells. PCWA supplies up to 17 million gallons a day (MGD) of treated wholesale surface water to the City. PCWA surface water originates in the Sierra snow pack. The City wells produce up to 7 MGD of drinking water which requires only disinfection treatment and helps to efficiently manage its water system, especially during a potential outage by PCWA and in the event of drought.

    For more information, see the Annual Water Quality report under Downloads at left.

    Water conservation

    Conserving water is of the utmost importance at this time. The City of Lincoln recommends these simple tips to help conserve water:

    1.  Repair all Leaks Indoor and Outdoor   
      • Dripping faucets, toilets, and sprinklers
    2. Analyze Sprinkler Usage
      • Try not to over-water lawns, trees, and other vegetation
    3. Irrigate Only at Night
      •  This will increase ground penetration and reduce evaporation
    4. Improve Indoor Systems
      • Consider using tankless water heaters
    5.  Reduce Indoor Use
      • Shut off water while brushing teeth or shaving
      • Run dishwasher and washing machines with full loads
      • Reduce "pre-rinsing" dishes
      • Shorten showers
    6. Encourage All Family Members to Conserve Water
      • Eliminate driveway or car washing
      • Consider using public car wash businesses- many use recycled water

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