State Lifts Restrictions, NID Encourages Conservation

June 17, 2016

Chip Close
(530) 273-6185
or: Dave Carter
(530) 265-NEWS


State Lifts Restrictions, NID Encourages Conservation

GRASS VALLEY – The Nevada Irrigation District on Friday (June 17) announced that mandatory drought-related water use restrictions for NID treated water users have been eliminated.

NID Water Operations Manager Chip Close said the district and its customers have endured steep water use restrictions as the state has gone through four years of drought. He applauded NID water users for helping the district meet conservation standards handed down by state regulators.

“We still need to practice water conservation, prevent water waste, and think about keeping plenty of water in our reservoirs,” he said. “Conservation is still a very important tool in managing carryover water storage for future years.”

To reduce the 33 percent conservation level established by the state last year, NID completed and submitted an analysis of its water supplies. Based on the district’s Water Supply Reliability Certification Form, the State Water Resources Control Board reduced NID’s conservation standard to 0 percent.

“The district is appreciative of the State Board for recognizing the portions of the state that have received normal precipitation and that a lightening of the restrictions is appropriate,” Close said.

To ensure efficient water use and eliminate water waste, portions Gov. Brown’s emergency drought declaration will remain in effect permanently. These include:

• The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff onto adjacent property, often referred to as “gutter flooding.”
• The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device.
• Application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks.
• Use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature,
except where the water is part of a recirculating system.
• Application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within
48 hours after measurable rainfall.
• Serving of drinking water other than upon request in eating or drinking
establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased.
• Irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians.
• Irrigation with potable water of landscapes outside of newly constructed
homes and buildings in a manner inconsistent with regulations or other requirements established by the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development.

NID has incorporated the applicable requirements into its Rules and Regulations.

For information on water conservation and efficient water use, see the Conservation/Drought tab at