What Rancho Santa Fe Residents Need to Know About the Current Water Restrictions

Rancho Santa Fe Residents are now required by the Santa Fe Irrigation District to conserve water. We are currently at a Level 2 stage of water restrictions which means most of the focus is on saving irrigation water. In order to comply with these restrictions, here’s what you need to know:

If your street address ends in an even number, only irrigate your landscape on these days:

Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday

If your address ends in an odd number, you’ll water only on these days:

Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday

Are you doing your part to conserve? Here are 10 ways in which you can reduce your water usage:

  1. Check your water meter monthly for undetected leaks. If the dial is moving while no evident water is in use, start checking for leaks. Call your irrigation expert or a leak detection company if you suspect subterranean leaks so you can repair immediately.

  2. Eliminate runoff onto curbs, patios and walkways. Adjust your sprinkler heads’ spray pattern and adjust spacing between sprinkler heads to insure head-to-head coverage.

  3. Change your irrigation nozzles to low precipitation rate nozzles.

  4. Make sure your water pressure does not exceed the sprinkler manufacturer’s recommendations. Excessive pressure will cause fogging, possible damage to the sprinkler, and loss of water to evaporation.

  5. Irrigate between midnight and 7am to minimize water loss due to evaporation and wind. We suggest splitting your spray zone application into three or four shorter cycles (no more than 5 minutes each) and spacing those run times an hour or two apart so that water soaks in more deeply while minimizing runoff.

  6. Install an automatic irrigation controller and adjust the timing as needed. Find your indicator plant (the thirstiest one in your landscape), and check it daily. Only turn your irrigation system on when indicator plant begins to wilt.

  7. Broom-clean all paved surfaces instead of hosing off.

  8. Add a positive shut-off nozzle to all garden hoses.

  9. Shut down ornamental fountains unless using reclaimed water.

  10. Wash cars at facilities that use reclaimed water.

Here are little known facts about California’s water shortage:

· Just 1,000 square feet of Fescue lawn requires 35,000 gallons of potable water per year.

· We’re in our fourth consecutive year of low rainfall (less than 6” per year) and Governor Brown is asking that we all reduce our water consumption by 20% from last year. That request coupled with the record heat experienced in the last 24 months has compounded the effort needed to combat wasted water.

· California reservoirs are averaging about half of their holding capacity.

· If someone reports that you are wasting water, expect to receive a door hanger or a letter of warning. With the second violation, you’ll be fined $100, the third, $200, and each violation afterwards is a $500 offense.

If you have any questions about reducing your landscape water consumption, please contact Nature Designs at Info@NatureDesigns.Net, visit our website NatureDesigns.Net, or give us a call at (760) 945-4321. To report water waste, call the Santa Fe Irrigation District at (858) 227-5801, option 1.

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