At its June 28, 2016 Commission meeting, the SFPUC approved ending 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 has lifted mandatory irrigation reductions 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 overhead spray irrigation to drip, or using alternate water supplies like rainwater or graywater for irrigation.
Interruptible Service Program Requirements
The Interruptible Service Program is continuing for fiscal year 2016-2017 and the SFPUC is once again offering the rate to all dedicated irrigation accountholders who agree to comply with the program terms of service. Irrigation accounts enrolled in the Interruptible Service Program receive a 9% discounted water rate, but are subject to more stringent water use reductions and consequent charges during different drought conditions. Effective July 1, 2016, Interruptible irrigation accounts are subject to a mandatory 10% water use reduction as compared to 2013 baseline water use.
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