Pismo Beach imposes water restrictions due to drought conditions

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

The city of Pismo Beach has imposed water use restrictions to combat drought conditions.

Outdoor irrigation is now prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., as well as within 48 hours of rainfall. Irrigation can only occur at even-numbered addressed on Mondays and Thursday and at odd-numbered addresses on Tuesdays and Fridays, according to the new city rules. 

Washing driveways, patios, sidewalks, streets and parking lots is not permitted, unless found necessary by the city to protect public health or safety. Likewise, water runoff onto adjacent properties, sidewalks, streets and gutters is prohibited. 

Residents may only wash cars and other outdoor property with hand-controlled devices that shut off the water immediately when not in use. Additionally, fountains may only use water if its part of a recirculating system 

The Pismo Beach rules allow restaurants to serve drinking water only in response to specific requests by customers. Furthermore, workers may not use potable water for compaction or dust control measures in construction projects.

Repeat violators can face increasing fines, beginning at $100.

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