CONSERVING OUR 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 are doing the best they can to educate
and assist property residents to become compliant 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 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 send an email to
Water@CityOfChowchilla.org where your inquiry can be
reviewed for action.
OUTDOOR WATERING REGULATIONS
Watering days are determined by
the STREET ADDRESS NUMBER (even or odd). Each
day has TWO TIME WINDOWS in which to irrigate,
a morning and an evening. The morning window starts at 12:00am
(just after midnight) and ends at 10:00am. The evening window
starts at 7:00pm and ends at 12:00pm midnight.
irrigation is allowed between the morning and evening time
windows from 10:00am to 7:00pm.
Property residents are REQUIRED
to SET their automatic irrigation controllers
to the watering schedule. Property residents who do not
use automatic irrigation controllers are also required to follow
The City of Chowchilla will be monitoring and
providing assistance to help property residents to comply with the
state mandated restrictions.
cannot be allowed to flow along STREET GUTTERS
more than 25 FEET
from the FRONTAGE of your
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
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
CITY PERMIT NEEDED TO DRAIN
OR FILL YOUR POOL
As a reminder to all
residents who use water from the City water system a PERMIT MUST
BE OBTAINED from the Chowchilla Public Works Department before
DRAINING OR FILLING 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
send an email to
CITY FACES RISK OF FINES
The City of Chowchilla is obligated to meet the State mandated
system-wide water use regulations to lower the amount of water
used compared to prior years. Failure to do so could result in
very large fines issued by the State to the municipality that
would have to come out of the budget funded by water rates paid
by the consumers. Therefore, it is in the best interest of
everyone who uses City water, produced from City wells, to
restrict the amount of water used for outside irrigation. The
State has already fined some water systems in California 10ís of
thousands of dollars.
EDUCATION IS THE KEY
Through the Public Works Department the City of Chowchilla
strives to educate those who do not comply with the established
irrigation regulations. First and foremost City employees make
the effort to contact the property resident or business and
discuss the situation to resolve the compliance problem.
Sometimes further warnings are issued and if problems remain
fines can be issued that are added to the utility bill of the
The City of
Chowchilla is obligated to follow legal procedures to
ISSUE WRITTEN WARNINGS by CERTIFIED MAIL and IMPOSE PENALTY FINES
up to a MAXIMUM $500 per violation for on-going
multiple offenses with a possibility of shutting off water
service to non-compliant properties.
that happens, City personnel make an earnest effort to provide
assistance. Oftentimes, property owners and particularly renters
donít even know how to set their irrigation controller. City
employees will do what they can to help and generally provide
resources for people to reference to learn more about operating
their irrigation system.
WATER CONSERVATION RESOURCE LINKS
click any of the links below to visit non-City web sites for
additional sources of useful information.
REPLACE YOUR TURF GRASS AND
RECEIVE A REBATE OF UP TO $2,000!
www.SaveOurWaterRebates.com for details.
California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is offering a
rebate program for removing turf and replacing it with low water
using landscapes at California single-family residences. Up to
$2 per square foot of removed and replaced turf will be rebated
up to a total of $2,000 (1,000 square feet) per household.
A California Department of Water Resources application must
be approved before work begins to be eligible.
information on the program's history, go to the DWR turf site
Please note this is NOT a program
funded or managed by the City of Chowchilla.
LEARN HOW TO PROPERLY OPERATE
YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEM
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why are there watering regulations?
State-wide drought conditions have persisted for years and even
with the occasional above-average rainfall season, water
conservation has become a necessity. Conserving water also helps
alleviate low water pressure and helps reduce electrical energy
usage which is beneficial for our environment. In order to
assist in the preservation of water, a precious resource, the
City of Chowchilla has designated specific watering days and
If I have a 1/2 on the end of my address, which days
apply to me?
You would use the very last number
before the 1/2 in your address. For example, a resident with an
address of 1309 1/2 may water on the days for odd numbered
Are there certain hours I am allowed to water?
Yes. See the schedule above for the
allowed watering times.
Do I have to have
to use sprinklers or can I leave my garden hose running?
Using an OPEN
FLOWING HOSE to irrigate landscape, trees, flowers, lawns,
gardens, etc. is PROHIBITED and property residents must attach
and use a shutoff nozzle.
When am I allowed to wash my car?
may wash your vehicle on any of your designated watering days
during the allowed watering times as
long as you use a restricting nozzle on your hose.
Why do I
sometimes see watering on non-watering days or beyond
This rarely is
allowed but occasionally new
landscaping, sod, or ground cover is planted that requires more
frequent watering or special circumstances occur that require
alternate watering times. When this occurs, a special water use
permit is obtained from the City.
Can I get a special use
permit to water on my off days?
Due to the
state mandated regulations you should contact the Public Works Department at (559)
665-8615, ext. 789 for the most up-to-date information.
Who do I
contact to report violators?
It is best to
send an email to
Water@CityOfChowchilla.org to report a
watering violation so that the City has a record of the report.
I received a
violation warning notice do I have to pay a
First offense violators will
receive a warning notice by mail that does not
include any violation fee.
What are the
violation fees after a warning is given?
first offense warning, there are fines and subsequent penalties
that increase with repeat offenses. For specifics contact the Public Works Department at (559) 665-8615, extension
Do I need a permit to fill or drain my
Yes, you must first obtain a
permit prior to draining or refilling any swimming pool at any
time during the year. Contact the Public Works Department at
(559) 665-8615, ext. 789 for information.