Water Conservation

To YLOA Homeowners:

Yosemite Lakes Park is taking active stewardship of one our most valuable assets: water.

I want to thank everyone for participating in our conservation efforts and helping define and implement water conservation strategies here at YLP.

It is no secret that California, including Madera County, is in a state of drought. This was officially declared by the governor of California on Jan. 17, 2014, and is on track to be the worst drought in the state’s history.

In the governor’s declaration he emphasizes the need for everyone in California to reduce their water usage long-term to conserve this precious resource.

The State Water Resources Control Board calls for an emergency reduction of water use of at least 25 percent.

YSPUC and YLOA are committed to doing our part to conserve water during this drought and request that all water users within the boundaries of Yosemite Lakes Park do the same.

A corporate water conservation plan for use during times of drought is being developed.

Likewise, we will be reviewing the existing water uses by the corporation to identify improvements that can be made regardless of drought conditions.

DOING OUR PART

With all of us working together, we can meet the state’s reduction goals. Some of our current initiatives have included:

  • Stopping of the watering of the non-essential common areas around the picnic area across from the clubhouse.

  • Restricting watering to areas along the swimming pool and adjacent side areas next the clubhouse. We are maintaining entry and gazebo areas as green zones.

  • The golf course will be watered conservatively, tees and greens as needed and fairways twice a week as our resources from the golf course reservoir allow us, while maintaining a level of water for fire protection.

  • Browning out the green area adjacent to the YLOA maintenance yard.

  • OUR WATER COMPANY’S EFFORTS


    Currently YSPUC is able to meet customer demand.

    YSPUC continually monitors our ground water table as part of our system management. This helps us respond in a timely manner to changes in our water table.

    Our efforts in the late 1990s and early 2000s of deepening our wells has allowed us to access additional water sources that are less dependent on annual rainfall totals.

    This does not mean that we are not affected by droughts. Although we are affected a little less in the year or years of the drought than is noticed with shallow drilled wells, those effects last longer with deeper drilled wells.

    This is why it is so important that we all work together to conserve water today and into the future to ensure that we will be able to meet customer demand for years to come.

    The following guidelines have been adopted by the Yosemite Lakes Owners’ Association.

    YLOA WATER USAGE RECOMMENDATIONS

    • No outdoor watering on Mondays and no outdoor water use between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on any day.

    • Outdoor watering can be done from 7 p.m.-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays at even-number street addresses and Tuesdays and Saturdays at odd-number street addresses.

    • Hosing down paved driveways, sidewalks, or paved parking lots is prohibited.

    • No one is to allow water to run from his or her property onto a street past his or her property or excessively into a gutter, or onto another person’s property.

    • Each water customer must keep all connections, faucets, hydrants, pipes, outlets, and plumbing fixtures tight and free from leaking, dripping, or wasting water.

    • No one should water gardens, trees, lawns, flowers, or plants without a restricting nozzle or sprinkler or unless manually controlled and attended.

    • Restaurants are encouraged to serve water only upon request.

    • These restrictions are in effect from April 1 to Oct. 31 unless otherwise ordered by the county Board of Supervisors.

    • With everyone’s help we can reduce our water usage, help maintain a viable underground water supply and reduce the potential for mandatory water restriction and/or rationing.

    Thank you in advance for your conservation, rationing and participation in these critical initiatives.

    Bob Civello

    YLOA General Manager