As water supply reliability is a concern for all Californians, water conservation continues to be required of all Suisun-Solano Water Authority customers though some of the most limiting restrictions have been eased.
SSWA customers reduced water use by 25.3% in 2015, exceeding the State’s required conservation goal of 25%. The State Water Resources Control Board has adopted a new water conservation target of 0%, and retained mandatory water conservation measures, which informed the local requirements adopted by the SSWA Board in August 2016.
The most notable change is that SSWA customers are allowed to use water on outside ornamental landscapes and/or turf any day of the week and as frequently as necessary, so long as the use is not wasteful, and follows the adopted guidelines.
If you see suspected violations of the guidelines below, please report your concern to the Solano Irrigation District hotline at 707-455-4050 or use the Report a Water Conservation Concern form.
All Suisun City water customers are prohibited from
- Washing down drive ways, sidewalks, patios and other paved areas
- Watering landscapes in a manner that causes runoff
- Washing any vehicle using a hose without a shut-off nozzle
- Using drinking water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated
- Outdoor watering within 48 hours of measurable rainfall (i.e. rainfall generating puddles or run-off, and/or more than a trace amount is measured at Travis Air Force Base)
- Irrigation of turf in street medians is prohibited.
- Restaurants may only serve water to patrons upon request.
- Hotels will provide guests the option of not having towels & linens laundered daily.
Due to the urgency to save water, SSWA can issue violation notices, fine repeat violators and place flow restrictors in water services. Fines of up to $500 per violation can be levied.
For more details, please see the notice posted below
SSWA Water Use Restrictions (1.3 MiB, 157 hits)
These restrictions were adopted by the SSWA Board of Directors in August 2016 to comply with State regulations on water conservation.
Many of these activities are already discouraged or restricted by the City’s Urban Runoff Management Plan, which is designed to reduce pollutants from reaching the Suisun Marsh.
For more about the new State requirements, please see the California Drought website.
Water Conservation Resources
With drought conditions expected to persist for the foreseeable future, water conservation is part of life for Californians.
Here are some websites offering tips and advice on water conservation techniques:
- Solano County Water Agency: www.solanosaveswater.org
- California Department of Water Resources and Association of California Water Agencies: www.saveourwater.com
- UC Cooperative Extension – Solano County – Master Gardener Program: www.cesolano.ucanr.edu