Pismo Beach City Council increases water restrictions

May 19, 2022


The Pismo Beach City Council on Tuesday tightened the city’s water restrictions that had already been adopted to combat drought conditions.

Last year, the city of Pismo Beach prohibited outdoor irrigation between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., as well as within 48 hours of rainfall. Now, outdoor irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The council on Tuesday also mandated that all water leaks be repaired within 72 hours of notification by the city. Likewise, the council adopted an urgency ordinance prohibiting the installation of new irrigated turf for all development.

Other rules that remain in effect include the prohibition of washing driveways, patios, sidewalks, streets and parking lots, unless doing so is found necessary by the city to protect public health or safety. Water runoff onto adjacent properties, sidewalks, streets and gutters also remains prohibited.

Residents may only wash cars and other outdoor property with hand-controlled devices that shut off the water immediately when not in use. Additionally, fountains may only use water if it is part of a recirculating system.

City rules allow restaurants to serve drinking water only in response to specific requests by customers. Furthermore, workers may not use potable water for compaction or dust control measures in construction projects.

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I predict there will be a whole new mass of entrants into the career field of midnight plumbers ….AKA water meter bypassers….or neighbor tappers ..time for everyone to remove their outdoor faucet handles and buy a faucet key or lock and check for odd shaped gopher and mole tunnels on their yards .. Even in the rich HOA communities a rash of blue collar plumbers will join the plumbers occupation

“Residents may only wash cars and other outdoor property with hand-controlled devices that shut off the water immediately when not in use” So during the last drought when we all switched to using shut off devices did anyone remove it when they declared the drought over and now goes, Darn why did I get rid of the device so I can wash my car?

Try required metered water valves that only allow 10 gallons a day per rented hotel room. If they want another 10 gallons then they pay for another days bed tax too. No more singing a full record album in the shower only water for the last chorus.

They can take my water when they prey it from my cold dead hand.

I wish they would be this aggressive when comes to the drug epidemic in Pismo and the homeless peddlers. Probably a little higher priority than this vote if you ask me.