City of Bishop Public Works News Release
State Water Conservation Mandates Apply to Bishop
It has been clarified that the state-mandated 20% reduction in water use
applies to the City of Bishop and its water customers. This is a change from
the city’s earlier understanding about the state mandate. The mandate
applies to Bishop despite our small size and unique water situation. Water
conservation requirements start in September.
The state requires that City of Bishop water users reduce water use by
20% from use in 2013. Under the emergency regulation issued by the State
Water Resources Control Board, the city could be fined up to $10,000 per
day if it does not comply with the mandate. The emergency regulation also
allows the city to impose fines up to $500 per day for customers that don’t
comply with water conservation requirements, although it is hoped the city
would not need to impose the fines. In any event, it is important Bishop
water customers reduce their water use. The mandate is put in place for 9
months but could be extended if the drought continues.
The state largely dictates how the city must achieve the 20% reduction in
water use. To comply with the mandate, the City of Bishop plans to adopt
the following potable water conservation measures starting in September
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No irrigation of outdoor landscaping so that water runs off property.
No washing vehicles unless hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.
No washing driveways, sidewalks, and parking areas.
No decorative water features unless there is recirculation.
No water waste caused by easily correctable leaks, breaks or
No use of water for construction purposes unless approved by the
No hydrant flushing except when required for public health and
These measures are very similar to the measures adopted by Inyo County
for its town water systems and are expected to be enacted at the City
Council meeting 25 August. The city appreciates the understanding and
support of its water customers in meeting the state water conservation
Saving water saves money, reduces water rates, protects groundwater, is
the right thing to do, and is now required by the state. Contact the City of
Bishop Department of Public Works at 873-8458 for more information on
water conservation and the City’s water system.