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Special Announcement - Schedule 14.1 - Staged Mandatory Water Rationing
With the continue long-term drought in California, the State Water Resources Control Board has adopted a statewide "Emergency Regulation" in 2014 to reduce water consumption and has extended this regulation for 2015-2016 which now mandate a 25% decrease in water consumption.  The California Public Utilities Commission has approved and authorize Schedule 14.1 - Staged Mandatory Water Rationing on August 12, 2015.  Under Schedule 14.1 - Staged Mandatory Water Rationing the following shall apply:
A.  Applicability:  This schedule applies to all water customers served under all tariff rates schedules authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission.  It is only effective in times of mandatory rationing as required by Rule No. 14.1 and only for the period noted in the "Special Conditions" section below.
This schdeule shall remain dormant until a specific stage is activated by Commission authoration of a Tier 2 advice letter.
B.  Territory:  This schedule is applicable within the entire territory served by the utility.
C.  Stages:
1.  Stage 1 - Mandatory rationing is declared by utility, governing agency, or supplier, or when water supplied to utility is reduced by 0% - 10%.  Outdoor irrigation is restricted to two days per week.
2.  Stage 2 - Water supply is reduced 10.01% - 20% or water restrictions at Stage 1 have not been effective in reducing water usage to prescribed level.
3.  Stage 3 - Water supply is reduced 20.01% or more or water restrictions at Stage 2 have not been effective in reducing water usage to prescribed level.  
4.  Stage 4 - The utility is directed by the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Public Utilities Commission, or other approprate agency to implement water use restrictions.
5.  Stage 5 - This stage will be implemented in the event that the source of water for LBWC is severely curtailed to the level that requires each customer to restrict their water use for only human health and safety purposes which is 50 Gallons Per Capita Per Day (GPCD).  
a.  All outside use of potable water is strictly prohibited.
(1)  First violation of this restriction will result in a written warning.
(2)  Second violation of this restriction will result in the installation of a flow restrictor for a minimum of 30 days.
(3)  Third violation of this restriction will result in the termination of water service.
(b)  All single family residential customers will receive allocations based on assumed four (4) person household which resuts in a monthly allocation of eight (8) Ccf per month or 5,984 gallons per month or about 199 gallons per day (based on a 30 day month).
D.  Water Use Violation Fine:
1.  When a stage of this schedule has been activated by Commission authorization, the water use restrictions of the conservation program in Section A of Rule 14.1 as well as those listed in Section D of this tariff, become mandatory.  If a customer is seen violating the water usage restrictions, as outlined in Rule No. 14.1 and the Special Conditions below, the customer will be subject to the following fine structure:
First Offense:                                    Written warning
Second Offense:                               $ 25.00
Third Offense:                                   $ 50.00
Each Additional Offense:               $25.00 more than the previous fine imposed
3.  Fines for exceeding the allocated volume ration will consist of a multiplier of 2 times the highest tiered rate in effect for all water used above the allotment.
4.  The water use violation fine is in addition to the regular rate schedule charges.
5.  Any fines and penalties imposed by another appropriate agency will be invoked as imposed by that agency's regulations.
6.  Fines for prohibited activities in Promotion of Water Conservation as defined by State Water Resources Control Board Notice of Approval of Emergency Regulatory Action effective 7/28/2014 per Office of Administrative law File No. 2014-0718-01 E shall be up to $ 500.00 as established by that action.
E.  Flow Restrictor Removal Charge:
The charge for removal of a flow-restricting device shall be:
Connection Size                                Removal Charge
5/8" to 1"                                            $ 150.00
1 1/2" to 2"                                         $ 200.00
3" and larger                                      $ 300.00
The flow restrictor will remain installed for a minimum of 30 days.
F.  Exemption and Appeals Process:
Any customer who seeks a variance from any of the provisions of this mandatory water conservation and rationing plan shall notify the utility in writing, explaining in detail the reason for such variation.  The utility shall respond to each such request in writing within 30 days.
The appeal form is available from LBWC Office located at 51201 Pine Canyon Road, King City, California 93930 or customers may request that an appeal form be mailed to them.
If the customer disagrees with such disposition, the customer shall have the right to file a complaint with the Commission.  Except as set forth in this Section, no person shall have any right or claim in law or in equity against the utility because of, or as a result of, any matter or things done or threatened to be done pursuant to the provisions of the mandatory water conservation and rationing plan.
G.  Special Conditions:
1.  This tariff schedule shall remain in effect until utility files a Tier 1 advice letter to deactivate specific stage of mandatory conservation.
2.  Water use violation fines must be separately identified on each bill.
3.  Use of potable water for construction purposes, such as consolidation of backfill, dust control, or other uses unless no other source of water or other method can be used.
4.  No customer shall use utility-supplied water for non-essential or unauthorized uses, including but not limited to:
a.  Use of potable water for more than minimal landscaping, as defined in the landscaping regulated of the jurisdiction or as described in Article 10.8 of the California Government Code in connection with new construction.
b.  Exessive use of water; when a utility has notified the customer in writing to repair a broken or defective plumbing, sprinkler, watering or irrigation system and the customer has failed to effect such repairs within five (5) business day, the utility may install a flow restriction device.
c.  The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures.
d.  Not withstanding the foregoing restrictions, when a city, a county, other local public agency in one of Little Bear's service areas duly adopt restrictions on the number of days or hours of the day that customers may irrigate which are different than those adopted by Little Bear, Little Bear may enforce the city, the county, or other local public agency's restrictions.
e.  The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks.
f.  The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use.
g.  Use of potable water for washing commerical aircraft, cars, buses, boats, trailers, or other commericl vehicles at any time, except at commerial or fleet vehicle or boat washing facilities operated at a fixed location where equipment using water is properly maintained to avoid wasteful use.
h.  Use of potable water for washing buildings, strutures, driveways, patios, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced areas, except in the cases where health and safety are at risk.
i.  The use of potable water in a fountain or other decoative water feature, except where the water is part of a reciculating system.
j.  Use of potable water to irrigate turf, lawns, or ornamental landscaping more than two days per week.
k.  The utiity is required to promoptly notify its customers that irrigation of turf or ornamental landscapes is prohibited during and for 48 hours following measurable precipitation.
l.  Use of potable water for street cleaing with trucks, except for initial wash-down for construction purposes (if street sweeping is not feasible), or to protect the health and safety of the public.
m.  Use of potable water for construction purposes, such as consolidation of backfill, dust control, or other uses unless no other source of water or other method can be used.
n.  Use of potable water for construction purposes unless no other source of water or other method can be used.
o.  Use of potable water for street cleaning.
p.  Operation of commerical car washes without recycling at least 50% of the potable  water used per cycle.
q.  Use of potable water for watering outside plants, lawn, landscape and turf areas during certain hours if and when specified in Schedule No. 14.1 when the schedule is in effect.
r.  Use of potable water for decorative fountains or filling or topping off of decorative lakes or ponds.  Exceptions are made for those decorative fountains, lakes, or ponds which utilize recycled water.
s.  Use of potable water for the filling or refilling of swimming pools.
t.  Service of water by any restaurant except upon the request of a parton.
u.  Use of potable water to flush hydrants, except where required for public health or safety.
*  These provisions are established by the State Water Resources Control Board and will result in a fine of up to $ 500.00 for each day during which the violation occurs.
Outdoor Irrigation Schedule:
Addresses Ending In                                        Watering Days                                                       Hours of Watering
Even Numbers (0,2,4,6,8)                                Sunday and Wednesday                                        All outdoor irrigation must occur between the hours of 7:00 pm and 8:00 am
Odd Number (1,3,5,7,9)                              Tuesday and Saturday                                           All outdoor irrigation must occur betwen the hours of 7:00 pm and 8:00 am
No outdoor irrigation is permitted or allowed between the hours of 8:01 am to 6:59 pm.
As mandated by the state, statewide water reduction of 25% is mandated, therefore Stage 3 - Staged Mandatory Water Rationing is in effect as prescribed "Water supply is reduced 20.01% or more or water restriction at Stage 2 have not been effective in reducing water usage to prescribed level.
Little Bear acknowledge that outdoor irrigation schedule was changed, this change is due to approved and authorize Schedule 14.1 established by the California Public Utilities Commission. 
Public Notification
Little Bear's 2014 Consumer Confidence Report - it  has been noted that publication error under Appendix A - Regulated Contaminants with Primary Drinking Water Standards for pages 14, 16, 22, and 24 for Sample Year the reporting year should be 2014 and not 2013.  All the other information listed are correct.  If you have any question in regard to this matter, please contact this office at: (831) 385-3524.

We are asking customers to seriously consider the consequence should the district as a whole fails to meet the state reduction goal.  Over the past five (5) years, Little Bear in its Annual Consmer Confidence Report has reinforce the need to conserve and reduce water use.  Some has reduced, but yet on the other hand, others are using more.  The conservation of water must be a community effort.


5 of the easiest way to conserve water......................

  1. Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when full....it may sound obvious, but even the small daily decisions can add up to big water savings.  You can save 10 to 20 gallons of water a day this way.
  2. Don't let the faucet run while you're brushing your teeth or shaving.....when you start to pay attention, you'll notice there are many times when the water is running unnecessarily.  This can add up to considerable water waste.
  3. Let your grass get a little overgrown.....this may be the easiest one yet, all you have to do is not mow your lawn as often, the grass gets a little taller thus providing more shade which prevents the soil from drying out.
  4. Use native plants in landscape...you don't have to turn your lawn into a rock garden to conseve water, there are many beautiful native plants and using them can cut your water usage on plants by more than 50 percent.
  5. Turn-off the hose between rinses when you're washing your car, water restriction require that a hose equip with a shut-off nozzle be used and this can save you up to 150 gallons of water per wash.

 Here are some ways to save both water and money at home...................................................................

  • For an investment of $ 20 to $ 40 dollars, homeowners can install low-flow shower heads, place bottles in the toilet tank, install low-flow aerators on faucets and repair dripping faucets and leaking toilets.  This could save the average household 10,000 to 25,000 gallons each year for a family of four and it would pay for itself in less than a year.
  • Test toilet(s) for leaks.....by adding a few drops of food coloring (red) to the water in the toilet tank and allowing it to sit for at least three minutes.  Watch to see it the coloring appears in the bowel and if it does, the toilet has a silent leak that needs to be repaired.
  • Scape the dishes clean instead of rinsing them before placing them in the dishwasher.
  • Fill a pan of water or put a stopper in the sink for washing an rinsing pots, pans, dishes rather than turning on the water faucet each time a rinse is needed.


If you wish for additional information on tips on how to save water, or if you wish to have a water audit report on your water use, please contact this office at:  pine@littlebearwater.com.


We all use water without really thinking about it.

But now we need to change our ways.

We're at the tipping point of needing to take a more active role in reducing the amount of water we use.


In serving you, our most valued customers, Little Bear in its effort to be more efficency in the manner on how we operation and transparent, is asking you to help us to improve service.  Your comments is welcome and it will assist us to evaluate our job performance and what we need to do to improve service.  We cannot do the job alone, today more than ever, inputs by consmers are needed.  Please help us to serve you, comments should be address to:  pine@littlebearwater.com.