Water shortage emergency declared in West Marin area
(Updated July 23, 2020) The North Marin Water District Board of Directors has adopted Emergency Water Conservation Ordinance No. 39 for the West Marin Service Area in response to dry year conditions on Lagunitas Creek pursuant to the State Water Resources Control Board Order 95-17 for water right permits issued to North Marin Water District.
A Public Hearing was held on May 5, 2020 to consider adoption of Emergency Water Conservation Ordinance No. 39, and was approved by the Board. Emergency Water Conservation Ordinance No. 39 calls for Stage 1, 15% voluntary conservation, May 5th through June 30th and Stage 2, Mandatory 25% conservation July 1st through November 1, as compared to water use in 2013.
Note that the mandatory 25% reduction would be for the West Marin Service Area as a whole and does not necessarily impose a 25% mandatory reduction for individual residential customers. The Mandatory Stage may trigger enactment of a drought surcharge to be considered simultaneous with, or subsequent to enactment of the mandatory stage at the discretion of the Board. Emergency Water Conservation Ordinance No. 39 also prohibits waste of water and certain non-essential uses.
A full version of the Emergency Water Conservation Ordinance No. 39 is available in the link below. In order to comply with Marin County Health Shelter in Place Order, inspection of the draft ordinance will not be available at the District office.