Purpose

This Drought Action Plan serves as a detailed work plan for Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Company staff, not only during drought conditions, but before and after as well. It includes specific actions for management of the water supply and demand, addresses the impacts associated with drought, and facilitates the timely implementation of effective drought responses.

Adoption

On April 12, 2014 the Board of Directors of Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Company adopted a Drought Action Plan. This Drought Action Plan for Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Company with Water Supply Conditions, Drought Stages; Objectives, and Response Actions needs to be adopted by the Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Company’s Board of Directors.

Drought Action Plan Summary

Summary of drought stage water use, reduction targets, triggering supply conditions, objectives and response actions.

Waste Water Fines

  • 1st – Written Warning
  • 2nd – $100 fine and install meter at shareholder’s expense
  • 3rd – $1,000 fine

Drought Stage 1 in effect – For more information on Stage 1, read below.

Drought Stage 1

Water Supply Conditions

  • Slightly Restricted Water Supplies (below normal)
  • Asking shareholders for up to 10% Supply Reduction

Drought Stage

  • Voluntary reductions in use NO watering of forest trees (Bark Beetle)
  • Voluntary Odd/Even outside watering
    • Odd addresses: Tues., Thurs., Sat.
    • Even addresses: Wed., Fri., Sun.
  • No watering between 10am and 6pm

Objective

Initiate public awareness of predicted water shortage and encourage conservation Flyers to Realtors for vacation rentals

Response Actions

  • Encourage voluntary measures to decrease “normal” demand up to 10%
  • Voluntary: Odd/Even watering based on addresses during specific times of day
  • NO WATERING ON MONDAYS

Shareholder Awareness through flyers, banners and website

Drought Stage 2

Water Supply Conditions

  • Moderately Restricted Water Supplies
  • Necessary 20% Total Supply Reduction

Drought Stage

  • Mandatory stage with restrictions on use
  • Odd/Even days watering based on addresses.
    • Odd addresses: Tues., Thurs., Sat.
    • Even addresses: Wed., Fri., Sun.
  • No watering between 10am and 6pm
  • No watering of forest trees (Bark Beetle Trees)
  • No unnecessary watering (decks, driveways, cars, etc.)

Objective

Increase public under-standing of worsening water supply conditions and enforce mandatory conservation measures.

Response Actions

  • Enforce mandatory measures and implement water rationing to decrease “normal” demand by 20%
  • Mandatory: Odd/Even watering based on addresses during specific times of day. NO WATERING ON MONDAYS
  • Fines are the same as in Stage 1. Restrictors added to non-compliant shareholders

For more information on Stage 2, read more here.

Drought Stage 3

Water Supply Conditions

  • Severely Restricted Water Supplies
  • Necessary 35% Total Supply Reduction

Drought Stage

  • Mandatory restrictions (severe prohibitions) on use
  • ABSOLUTELY NO OUTSIDE WATERING

Objective

Ensure that water use is limited to health and safety purposes

Response Actions

  • Enforce extensive restrictions on water use and implement water rationing to decrease “normal” demand up to 50%
  • NO OUTSIDE WATERING
  • Fines are DOUBLED
  • Restrictors added to non-compliant shareholders

For Full Text of the Drought Action Plan

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