Level 2 Supply Alert in Effect
Under a Level 2 Supply Alert, landscape irrigation is currently limited to 3 days per week and up to 15 minutes per watering station. This irrigation schedule also applies when watering ornamental trees, flowers, and shrubs by hand. When watering by hand, a shut-off nozzle is required. This amount of irrigation is adequate to maintain turf, ornamental trees and shrubs. Keep in mind that watering times may need to be shortened to avoid run-off or adjusted if plant materials become stressed by seasonal heat waves or Santa Ana conditions. It’s recommended that customers monitor soil moisture and adjust irrigation accordingly.
In the Otay Water District’s service area, there are no watering schedules based on even or odd-numbered addresses.
Under a Level 2 Supply Alert, customers are encouraged to irrigate before 10:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m. to reduce water loss due to evaporation.
Irrigation is not permitted during a rainstorm and for 48 hours after one-quarter inch or more of rainfall is received as measured at Lindbergh Field.
The watering schedule restrictions do not apply to the following:
- Irrigation systems using water efficient devices such as “Smart” irrigation controllers, drip or micro-irrigation, and rotating sprinklers nozzles
- Plants used for residential or commercial food production such as vegetable gardens or fruit trees
- Commercial growers or nurseries
- Landscapes irrigated using recycled water including parks, golf courses, open space, and freeway landscaping such as those in the city of Chula Vista.
If you don’t have a “Smart” controller with a moisture sensor, or an irrigation system utilizing the latest high-efficiency rotary sprinkler nozzles, we offer incentives and rebates for customers interested in utilizing these water conserving technologies. For more information and to learn about money saving rebates, please visit any of the Conservation pages.