The City of Poway announced a new watering schedule for Poway residents, increasing the number of designated days from two to three per week effective July 1. Watering days are the same for all residents and businesses: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Additional restrictions (such as no more than 10 minutes per station and watering only before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m.) remain in effect.
The change is the result of new policies at the state level, as well as local efforts to conserve water. Over the past year, Poway’s water savings was nearly 30 percent, well above the state mandated target of 24 percent. In May alone, residents conserved an unprecedented 42 percent compared to May 2013.
"Poway residents stepped up, as they always do, and did their part to help us reach our water conservation goal,” said Mayor Steve Vaus. “I have no doubt folks will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the city as we weather the ongoing drought and embrace water conservation as a way of life.”
The San Diego County Water Authority recently certified that our region had sufficient supplies to meet projected water demand over the next three years, which led to mandated conservation targets being dropped for the region. This action was taken after California’s emergency regulations shifted from state mandated conservation targets to a regional supply-based approach.
While our local supply is sufficient, the drought isn’t over. Residents are encouraged to continue to be smart and efficient with their water consumption.