Restrictions and Fees

What are the Stage 4a Drought penalties?

Drought Penalties are imposed on customers who do not stay within their water budget during a Stage 3, 4, or 5 water shortage. Customers are given an indoor and outdoor water budget. Once a customer exceeds their outdoor water budget, they are in the “inefficient” tier and must pay a penalty.

Water Rate Tier Stage 4a Penalty per CCF
Indoor Use No penalty
Outdoor Use No penalty
Inefficient Use $2.09
Excessive Use $2.09


Fines/ Restrictions

What is allowed… What is not allowed…
Limit sprinkler operation to no more than two times per week (see mandatory water schedule) Washing down sidewalks and driveways
Use sprinkler irrigation systems after 6:00 p.m. and before 6:00 a.m. Watering during or within 48 hours after a rain event
Watering by hand with a hose and an automatic shutoff nozzle is okay during daylight hours
Adjust sprinklers and irrigation systems to avoid overspray, runoff and waste Filling, refilling, or adding water to your uncovered pool or spa
Notify and provide documentation to EVMWD for repairs of leaks or broken irrigation equipment within 14 days Watering on windy days


What are the Stage 4a Fines?

The Stage 4a fines are for violations noted by EVMWD staff for water waste during a Stage 4a water shortage. Fines are for any customer in violation of the prohibitions stated in EVMWD water shortage contingency plan . Stage 4a prohibitions are listed on EVMWD’s website at Fines include a warning of non compliance for the first and second offense. For the third and subsequent violations, a monetary fine will be assessed as outlined in the chart to the left. On the sixth violation, EVMWD will install a flow restrictor at the customer’s meter to reduce water use or turn off service.


With Governor Brown’s declaration of a drought emergency, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) was charged with mandating water restrictions for California. The SWRCB adopted statewide mandates on May 6, 2015 requiring agencies to increase conservation efforts. The mandate requires EVMWD and its customers reduce water use by 28 percent. In response to California’s historic drought, EVMWD is implementing a temporary drought surcharge. This surcharge is designed to encourage additional water conservation, help offset revenue losses due to the Governor’s Executive Order and increase compliance with state conservation requirements. The surcharge took effect July 31, 2015 and will continue until further notice. Drought surcharges are applied to all tiers at Stages 3a through Stages 5c.

Residential Water Rates Non Drought Rates Stage 4a Surcharge Total Water Rate
Indoor Use $2.25 $0.71 $2.96
Outdoor Use $2.75 $0.86 $3.61
Inefficient Use $4.34 $1.37 $5.71
Excessive Use $6.26 $1.98 $8.24