Water restrictions for City of Bishop

Starting again Wednesday, April 1st , outdoor irrigation in the City of Bishop will only be allowed between the hours of 5 pm and 9 am. This state-mandated restriction had been relaxed during the cold winter weather because of safety concerns related to freezing.

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Because of the drought, the State of California required that the City of Bishop implement water conservation measures last summer. The measures are intended to achieve the state-required 20% reduction in water use by city water customers. The city had to implement the measures to avoid $10,000 per day fines.

The city’s state-mandated water conservation measures are:
– No outdoor irrigation except between 5 pm and 9 am
– No irrigation of outdoor landscaping so that water runs off property
– No washing vehicles unless hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle
– No washing driveways, sidewalks, and parking areas
– No decorative water features unless there is recirculation
– No water waste caused by easily correctable leaks, breaks, or malfunctions
– No use of potable water for construction purposes
– No hydrant flushing except when required for public health and safety.

The city may allow exceptions to some of these measures in some cases. The city has a standing water conservation incentive program available to help its water customers save water. The program provides free hose nozzles, hose timers, and
irrigation system timers and provides rebates for some sprinkler systems and water conserving appliances. The incentives are available only to water customers of the City of Bishop and are limited to one per customer account.

Also, quantities of the free items are limited. The free hose nozzles, hose timers, and irrigation system timers are available at the
City of Bishop Public Works Office. To receive these items, come in, fill out an application, and pick one up while supplies last.
Rebates are available for installing water saving sprinkler systems and for eligible upgrades to clothes washers, dish washers, and toilets.

To receive a rebate, fill out an application, have your old and new item verified by city staff, and get a check. More
information and applications are available on the city website or from City of Bishop Public Works.

Also remember that landscaping needs less water now than in the heat of the summer. Taylor your watering to the needs of the plants and lawn to avoid overwatering. Saving water saves money, reduces water rates, protects groundwater, is the right thing
to do, and is now required by the state. Contact the City of Bishop Department of Public Works at 873-8458 for more information on water conservation and the City’s water system.

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Local
Local
7 years ago

I was just at Vons in Bishop last night and the sprinklers were on, one was broken and GUSHING water all over the place, and the end sprinklers were watering the sidewalks, while a steady stream of left over water flowed down the street. This was after waiting in line… Read more »

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
7 years ago

Everyone has to be concerned with the water table in this 4th record drought year. Every time I turn on the tap I am hoping for some flow. A 150 year old Black Oak grows in the front yard and I hope that it’s roots are in soil water and… Read more »

Sierra Lady
Sierra Lady
7 years ago
Reply to  Philip Anaya

^ Very well written, Phillip A. In the end, it is up to all of us. There is a very good water conservation list on the Mammoth Community Water District website. We printed it and marked all the ways we already save and will do whatever more we can do… Read more »

sugarmagnolia
sugarmagnolia
7 years ago

so that’s it??? Drought of historic proportions and that’s the only restriction? That is NOTHING.
They should at least only allow outside watering only every other day…hand watering of a garden as an exception as usual. How about no new water intensive landscaping allowed.

These restriction are almost meaningless.

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago
Reply to  sugarmagnolia

Sugar Magnolia; But how would “they”,the “authorities” enforce such rules…drive around at midnight checking on who and when someone is watering, when they last did it,and if it’s too much? Or be telling people what and what not to plant ? Let’s face it..The rich people,mainly those in So Cal,but… Read more »

NO H20
NO H20
7 years ago

Yes Bishop please conserve tons of water.
The home builders in Southern California need tons of water for all their new water meters.
Not to mention the millions of gallons Caltrans waste by watering the sides of the freeways.
No shortage in so. Cal

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

Sierra Lady- our run off goes strait back into the river. And then is stolen by DWP and sold to the 6 million people living in a sees- pool down south. DWP would steal it for you to if they could figure out how to make it flow up hill… Read more »

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago

I’m guessing it’s a good idea to conserve water these days,but while I watch my lawn and garden turn brown and die,I’ll have trouble when I see the golf courses and lawns of the multi-millionaires down in Sou Cal still all green and healthy.Or when I think of what happened… Read more »

JaneE
JaneE
7 years ago
Reply to  Low-Inyo

At least some of the golf courses and freeway landscaping are using reclaimed water – because the people wouldn’t tolerate toilet-to-tap in the regular water system. Look for anything with purple plumbing and the water is considered non-potable. Now that a separate system of water mains has been built, and… Read more »

Sierra Lady
Sierra Lady
7 years ago

I am glad to see this restriction and let’s hope all residents honor it. When I was down in Bishop a week ago Monday to pick up a friend for lunch, I was appalled to see several homes in her neighborhood with their sprinklers on in the middle of the… Read more »

Alan
Alan
7 years ago
Reply to  Sierra Lady

I look forward to Mammoth Mountain cutting its snow-making by 25%. They freeze our precious water it and spray it all over the mountain so people from LA and Orange Counties can travel hundreds of miles to slide down it.

What a waste!

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Can’t say for sure but I think that MMSA collects melt water in ponds then uses that for snowmaking the next year.

I wonder it there isn’t much snow, will they still be able to collect enough water for snow making the next year

Roger
Roger
7 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Ken, I do know for sure, and the water in the snowmaking ponds is not snowmelt. It is water pumped from wells and put into a pond because when snowmaking is taking place, the pumps can’t keep up with the required volume. Additionally, it is my understanding that the level… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago
Reply to  Roger

Roger: Thanks for that. I had no idea that water was pumped from their water table. That must cost some good money. The future of skiing in Mammoth is not bright.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago
Reply to  Sierra Lady

SL: good. I’ve always thought that lawns and other urban greenery seems out of place up here. Ordinary native growth and just plain duff looks fine to me.

chris
chris
7 years ago

Thanks for publishing this article. Would you please do the same for “Bishop residents” who don’t live in the City Limits but in the County (i.e. McLaren, Shepard Ln., etc.)?