At its June 28, 2016 Commission meeting, the SFPUC will consider taking action to end the Mandatory Irrigation Allocation Program effective July 1, 2016. The Allocation Program required mandatory 25% reductions in outdoor water use for all potable irrigation accounts through October 2016.
While the SFPUC proposes lifting the mandatory irrigation reduction for most customers, everyone should continue to water landscapes efficiently, avoid water waste, and consider long-term improvements that will result in less drinking water used for landscape irrigation. Consider replacing high-water use plants with drought-tolerant species, converting to drip irrigation, or using alternate water supplies like rainwater or graywater for irrigation.
Irrigation accountholders enrolled in the SFPUC’s Interruptible Service Program for FY 16-17 would still be subject to a mandatory water use reduction. The SFPUC is proposing to reduce the mandatory reduction from 30% to 10%, effective July 1, 2016. Associated Excess Use Charges would also be changed from 300% to 200% of the applicable water rate.
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