Water Conservation in Chowchilla

Conserving Our Water

Water conservation is vital to our community. It is never appropriate to waste a natural resource like water. By encouraging appreciation of the value of our water, and educating consumers on efficient water use and conservation practices, we help to ensure a sustainable water supply both now and in the future.

City personnel strive to educate property residents to comply with State of California regulations. Each inquiry is handled as soon as possible and limited available resources may not allow the City to provide a direct or immediate response to your inquiry. If you want to submit a comment or ask a question about watering regulations, schedules, property owner concerns, or other water-related topics please Email the Water Division about where your inquiry can be reviewed for action.

Winter Watering Regulations Extended Past May 1

Due to a failure of the City's largest producing well the Public Works Department has authorized enactment of STAGE III of the City’s Water Conservation Plan. This means that outside irrigation will remain at the current ONE-DAY A WEEK OUTSIDE WATERING SCHEDULE until further notice. The repairs are expected to be completed by the end of May.

Outdoor Watering Schedules

Outdoor watering schedules established by the City Council are intended to help maintain safe water service to all customers. There are two outdoor watering seasons, summer and winter, each with a different frequency of allowed watering days. 

The allowed days for outdoor watering of public parks, schools, and outside common areas (medians, berms, roadway shoulder strips, public areas, etc.) are somewhat separate from residential and business watering days. This helps reduce the demands for outdoor water on the residential and business outdoor watering days.

Outdoor Watering Schedule

Watering Regulation Details

  • No outside irrigation is allowed between the morning and evening time windows.
  • Property residents are required to set their automatic irrigation controllers to the seasonal watering schedule.
  • Property residents who do not use automatic irrigation controllers are required to follow these regulations for hand-watering.
  • Excess water cannot be allowed to flow along street gutters more than 25 feet from the frontage of the property.
  • Using an open flowing hose to irrigate landscapes, trees, flowers, lawns, gardens, etc., is prohibited and property residents must attach and use a shutoff nozzle.
  • Residents are asked to limit washing their vehicles but if you choose to wash them you must attach a shutoff nozzle and not use an open flowing hose.
  • Washing parking lots, driveways and sidewalks is prohibited.

City Permit Needed to Drain or Fill Your Pool

Anyone who wants to use water from the City water system to fill a swimming pool must obtain a permit from the City of Chowchilla Public Works Department before filling or draining swimming pools at any time throughout the year. Please contact the office with enough advance notice to process your request. For information or to apply for a permit call 559-665-8615, ext. 789, or Email Public Works.

Education is the Key

The Chowchilla Public Works Department strives to educate those who do not comply with the established irrigation regulations. When necessary City employees will contact the property resident or business and discuss the situation to resolve the compliance problem. Sometimes further warnings are issued and if problems continue fines can be issued that are added to the utility bill of the property address.

The City of Chowchilla is obligated to follow legal procedures to issue written warnings by certified mail and impose penalty fines per violation for ongoing multiple offenses with a possibility of shutting off water service to non-compliant properties. Before that happens, City personnel make an earnest effort to provide helpful information.

Oftentimes, property owners and particularly renters don’t even know how to set their irrigation controller. Many resources can be found on the Internet. Generally if you search for information on your particular controller brand and model you will find the help you need to properly setup and operate your irrigation system.